When Chef Kurt Metzger opened Kitchen 4140, he was concerned that it would interfere with his burgeoning catering business. Now the restaurant is doing so well, it is overshadowing his initial foray into the culinary industry. In fact, Chef Kurt plans to expand by adding Saturday night dinner service.
Kitchen 4140′s hip vibe incorporates trendy orange modern accents and a whimsical cardboard cutout of a cow displaying cuts of beef. Drawing from Southern California’s exceptional farmers, Chef Kurt describes his food as “ingredient-inspired and ingredient-driven.” The result is pure, clean flavors, grounded by flawless classic technique. Combined with extraordinary artistic plating, Kitchen 4140 takes the restaurant dining experience to the next level.
One specialty of the house is the not-to-be-missed, melt-in-your-mouth house smoked salmon. Chef Andy Welsh explained the old adage, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Another stellar standout is the blissful Lemon Semifredo paired with fresh local strawberries and julienned basil created by pastry chef extraordinaire, Kat Johnson. The dessert is made entirely with locally sourced ingredients. In fact, the staff started a kitchen garden adjacent to a cute outdoor picnic style dining area.
Intrigued? Don’t miss the opportunity to see Chef Kurt demonstrate signature dishes at next month’s Encinitas Foodie Fest. He will be presenting on Saturday, June 23 from 1:45 to 2:30pm at the festival’s chef demonstration stage in the Pacific Station courtyard.
About Kitchen 4140
4140 Morena Boulevard San Diego, CA 92117
About the Encinitas Foodie Fest
Saturday, June 23rd • 10am-5pm • Pacific Station, Encinitas
A free family fun event bringing the community together to elevate public awareness about sustainable foods and products while promoting the arts, local business and the Coastal Community Foundation’s Healthy Day fund. Plus superb artisanal food vendors, food trucks, amazing live music, an entertaining children’s cooking booth and fun for all!