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L’Auberge Del Mar’s KITCHEN 1540 will offer a special Christmas dinner menu inspired by the principals of sustainability and presented in Chef Scott Dolbee’s signature playful style. Classic holiday flavors combine with local, seasonal ingredients in a menu that is progressive, festive and inviting.

“We wanted to create a menu that was exciting and memorable, but also evoked a sense of nostalgia for our guests,” says Chef Dolbee. “Guests will identify with flavors of holidays past, but enjoy then in thrilling new combinations and presentations.”

KITCHEN 1540’S three course holiday menu will be offered on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The pre-fixe menu is priced at $65 per adult and $32 for children under 12. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 858-793-6460

The menu includes:
Starters: (choice of)
Crow’s Pass Artisan Lettuces with pear, avocado, candied pecan, blackberry
Scallops with winter squash variation, sweetbread ‘bacon’, tonics, Alba white truffle
Cool Roasted Beets with frommage blanc,Sausalito watercress, yuzu
Charred Rare Ahi with blood orange, pistachio brittle, arugula
Chestnut Soup with crab apple, bacon, pumpkin

Entrees: (choice of)
Turkey with local lobster, artichoke, leek, mussel, Meyer lemon broth
Wild Boar with black mole, apple, parsley root, charcoal, white chocolate, chili nut, granola
Cornish Game Hen with white bean, chorizo, creamed spinach, 62˚ egg, chickpea hummus, tomato preserve
Steelhead with hot smoke, collard greens, black eyed peas, romesco, ham hock
California Lamb with curried carrot, yogurt, mango chutney, tamarind, papadum, puffed rice

Desserts: (choice of)
Candy Cane Sundae- wintergreen fudge brownie, candy cane ice-cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, candy cane dust
Roasted Chestnut Cremeux- roasted chestnut, milk chocolate, black pepper honey, persimmon, smoke gelee
Spiced Bundt Cake with eggnog ice cream, brandy anglaise, apple, cinnamon basil

About KITCHEN 1540
Modern and comfortable, KITCHEN 1540 blends energy and intrigue with a fresh, simple atmosphere. At the helm of KITCHEN 1540 is the seasoned culinary talent of Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee, bringing 25 years of taste and experience to each table. Dolbee’s cooking style centers on continually striving for excellence with playful, whimsical, cutting-edge cuisine. For Dolbee, a day in the kitchen is all about playing with food and exploring the possibilities of flavor combinations and cooking techniques.

Inspired by New York architect Andre Kikoski, KITCHEN 1540 boasts white vaulted ceilings, an elegant fireplace and modern furniture offering a level of contemporary-chic sophistication rarely seen in a resort restaurant. The inviting wine bar, with 24-bottle Cruvinet, doubles as a dining counter providing an intriguing glimpse into the energy and excitement of the open kitchen activity, while the private dining room wrapped in wine-encased walls provides a quieter, more intimate setting. The spacious outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy the ocean breezes and features private cabanas for intimate dining. The setting is punctuated with a waterfall and hanging lanterns to set just the right mood.

About L’Auberge Del Mar
Located in the heart of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal village of Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers a resort experience reminiscent of a private, coastal estate. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, this historic seaside hotel offers 120 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a cheerful and cozy spa, a private path to the beach and peaceful pool area. Award-winning, signature restaurant, KITCHEN 1540 boasts a menu of extensive offerings that meld the classic with the unexpected, making KITCHEN 1540 something one simply has to try when dining in Del Mar. For more information, please visit or

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Media Contacts:
Lori Kennedy or Shae Geary
JLK Communications

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