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Melting Pot Hosts St. Jude Fondue-raiser at Galleria Dillard's

Fondue restaurant the Melting Pot is holding a fundraiser this weekend at Dillard's at the Galleria Mall -- and there's absolutely no cheese involved!

The Melting Pot will hold its fifth-annual Really, Really Big Chinese Auction and Really, Really Small, Quiet Auction Fondue-raiser to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.


If you haven't participated in a Chinese auction, it's basically an item-specific raffle. Participants purchase tickets (one for $3, two for $5, five for $10) and place their tickets in the bin for the corresponding prize they would like to win.

There are 116 prizes up for grabs in the Chinese auction, including a chance to swim with the dolphins at Miami Seaquarium, art, gift baskets, hotel stays, and restaurant gift certificates. The raffles will be drawn Sunday at 4 p.m., and you don't have to be present to win.

Even if you don't win a prize, you win. All participants who buy at least one ticket will receive a card redeemable for a chocolate fondue at the Melting Pot.

You'll also be helping children fight cancer -- which makes you a complete and total winner. Here's a video of some of the kids of St. Jude rocking out at Christmas:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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