L’Auberge Del Mar Names Brian McDonough New Food and Beverage Manager
L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, has announced that 20-year hospitality veteran Brian McDonough will now serve as this iconic resort's food and beverage manager. McDonough will be managing the resort's two restaurants, signature KITCHEN 1540 and all-day casual eatery Coastline, the classy Living Room Bar, in-room dining and Bleu Bar at the pool. In addition, he will be focusing attention on revamping the wine and cocktail programs and train staff to parlay the stories behind special boutique wines and beverages guests are offered throughout the resort.
“We are very pleased to have Brian on our culinary team. He is a dedicated industry pro who understands how important it is to bring memorable experiences to our guests,” said Summer Shoemaker, director of operations for the 121-room property. “Brian is creating and implementing staff trainings for our wine and beverage service to help L'Auberge Del Mar reach new levels of excellence in this area.”
McDonough has already implemented a new wines by the glass program in the Living Room introducing more boutique, small production wines and champagnes to the offerings chosen to match the boutique, individualistic style of the resort. He is also working on creating special wine dinners to be held in KITCHEN 1540. And the team is working on collaborations with Woodford Reserve to barrel-age a custom whiskey for the resort, and with Tequila Herradura to custom create a bespoke tequila.
Previously, McDonough worked as a sales representative for The Robins Cellars in Williamsburg, Virginia, and at The Tides Inn Resort & Spa in Irvington, Virginia, he served as restaurant and beverage manager. In the beginning of his career McDonough was room service coordinator at Four Seasons Resort Aviara in San Diego and prior to that he did a stint as room service supervisor at La Costa Resort and Spa also in San Diego. He attended San Diego State University, California.