Host an Intimate Raclette Dinner Party

by Nicole Hempeck on May 3, 2021

When hosting friends for an intimate gathering for dinner, you often envision great conversation with fantastic food throughout the course of a lengthy evening, which is ideal. When you host a dinner party that incorporates the raclette, that’s exactly what you get and then some.

The raclette method of cooking, while it may seem like a new and emerging trend, has actually been around for hundreds of years. It was one that began in Switzerland and has in recent years made it to other parts of the world. The raclette is fantastic for dinner parties because it’s a form of cooking that allows socializing while eating slowly throughout the course of an evening.

How Raclette Cooking Works

A table is set with 1-2 raclette grills depending on the size of your dinner party. The host prepares a variety of precooked meats like chicken, sausage, ham, shrimp etc., as well as vegetables, potatoes and breads, in advance and places them in dishes around the table. These items are then reheated on top of a raclette grill throughout the course of the evening.

While guests reheat their items on the top, they are also melting Swiss cheese in small pans underneath the griddle and that cheese is dripped on top of the breads, potatoes, vegetables and any other items. Guests may choose to create layered items such as bread with a piece of shrimp topped with cheese.


This cooking goes on throughout the course of the evening as guests chat, sip beverages of their choice and generally enjoy a lengthy dining evening. It truly is a great way to entertain and enjoy the company of great friends, all while keeping the cook out of the kitchen.

Additional Tips and Tricks for Raclette Entertaining:

How to Host a Raclette Party

Raclette Menu & Party Tips

Is this a dinner party idea you would consider trying?


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Penny W. May 3, 2021 at 10:01 am

So it is basically a table top grill? Like an update to a ’70s-era fondue party! Does it run on burners or a plug or what?

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