Ward off winter’s chill AND impress your friends with an evening of perfectly executed fondue. With just 24 hours’ notice, expert cheesemonger Paul Partica will have an essential Swiss fondue kit ready for you to take home and DIY. He’ll do the heavy lifting for you and shred a pile of Emmenthaler, Gruyer, Appenzeller, mixing in just the right hint of nutmeg and spices. Pick up a fondue pot at the shop or break out your hand-me-down from Mom, add white wine and garlic and, voila! A cozy winter treat. It’s nearly March…what’s left to do but drown ourselves in melted cheese? Visit the Cheeseshop of Centerbrook here. For our complete Essex Town Guide, click here.