The history of Fondue:

There is great debate over the creator of Fondue.  Some say it was the French some the Swiss but no one can deny that it was developed in the Alpen region of Europe. 

The origin story is that one snowy winter deep in the Alpes a community was cut off from world by heavy snows.  As their food stock depleted, they only had old (very hard) bread and the leftover cheese rinds.  These alone were uneatable. 

They melted down the rinds, added a bit of wine for flavor and to keep it from burning and then soaked the rock-hard bread in the melted cheese.  The entire town came together over these pots of melted cheese and bread and survived.  Thus, was born the activity of eating together with friends and family over communal pots of melted cheese.