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A tasting menu of custom-designed dishes served until guests “raise the white flag” in surrender

DEL MAR, CA – February 7, 2012 – Guests of KITCHEN 1540 have only one decision to make when they select the White Flag menu – and that is when to surrender. Throughout the meal, guests place themselves in the hands of the chef who commences to create a custom tasting menu that is served until the white flag is raised.

“Our guests have great confidence in the culinary talents at KITCHEN 1540 and delight in placing themselves, and their evening, in the hands of our creative team, trusting that it will be an exciting, culinary adventure,” explained Scott Thomas Dolbee, executive chef.

There is no written menu; rather each server gathers information from the guests--if they are looking for opulent ingredients like foie gras and caviar; or if there are any dietary restrictions or food preferences—and then the kitchen builds a completely spontaneous menu. Guests can set their price range as well.

The program is aptly called the White Flag Menu because the kitchen will keep sending out food perfectly paired with cocktails, beer and wine, until guests are completely satisfied and "wave the white flag.” Of course, the white flag doesn’t mean complete surrender. Dessert courses follow for anyone who still has room!

The White Flag menu is offered nightly and many of the dishes will include hand-grown micro greens from the chef’s hydroponic garden.

About L’Auberge
Located in the heart of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal villageof 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 Contact:
Lori Kennedy or Shae Geary
JLK Communications

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