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KITCHEN 1540 has unveiled a new tasting menu for its private dining room that guarantees guests won't go home hungry. The new "Kitchen Sink" Tasting Menu is the latest creation of Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee and, fittingly named, essentially allows diners to sample nearly everything on the menu, or as the chef says "everything but the kitchen sink."

"One of the unique things about Kitchen Sink is that, unlike most tasting menus which feature one-time specials, it is a tasting menu entirely made up of items that are on our regular dinner menu," said Dolbee. "So, if a guest really enjoys something, they are able to come back to the restaurant and order it for their meal."

Described as a 4x5 tasting menu, Kitchen Sink features four courses of five dishes per course. Served family style, guests will be "blown away by all kinds of flavors," according to the chef.

The Kitchen Sink menu is available in the Private Wine Room, which is wrapped in wine-encased walls and provides a quieter, more intimate setting for parties up to 10 people. The menu is priced at $85 per person or $150 if paired with wines.  

Chef Dolbee
A proponent of slow food and utilizing fresh, local, sustainable products, Dolbee's menu highlights San Diego's diverse culinary landscape by showcasing regional products in sections- raw, artisan, cure, coastal, inland and sidekick. Inspiration for each dish not only came from the products available, but also from Dolbee's culinary passions and nostalgia.

KITCHEN 1540's modern American cuisine is about more than just dining. "It's about bringing people together and creating a memorable experience that they will want to return for again and again," says Dolbee. "Food should be very well thought out, with a reason for being put together. The objective simply is the ultimate interactive flavor experience driven by thoughts, ideas and feelings."    

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.

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 hotel 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.

KITCHEN 1540 has garnered numerous awards including such prestigious honors as Wine Spectator Magazine: Award of Excellence; CA Restaurant Association: Gold Medallion - Best Hotel Restaurant, Fine Dining; San Diego Magazine: Best Hotel Restaurant; and Ranch & Coast Magazine: Editor's Pick for Best Restaurant.

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. The award-winning, signature restaurant, KITCHEN 1540, blends energy and intrigue with a fresh, lively atmosphere. The restaurant’s extensive offerings meld the classic and the unexpected, making KITCHEN 1540 something one simply has to try when dining in Del Mar. For more information, please visit or

Media Contacts:
Lori Kennedy or Shae Geary
JLK Communications

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