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Del Mar, Calif.-  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 them in thrilling new combinations and presentations.”

KITCHEN 1540’S three course holiday menu will be offered on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 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, pumpkinTERSENTREES

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 the coastal Southern California village Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean offering a resort experience reminiscent of a private seaside estate. This intimate hotel, presents 121 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a full service beach house-style 5,000-square-foot spa, a private path for easy beach access, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure and whirl pools. An array of dining and drink selections includes the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, Coastline for waterfront al fresco dining, the lively poolside Bleu Bar for libations and nibbles and The Living Room Bar, a hub for socializing and people watching, serving handcrafted cocktails and tasty appetizers. For more information, please visit



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