SAN DIEGO (January 27, 2016) – Newly appointed director of food, beverage and culinary operations, Paul McCabe has hand selected three seasoned culinary professionals to work with him at Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, A Destination Hotel, as it embarks on a massive $80 million renovation project.
McCabe was tapped by Destination Hotels’ vice president and managing director Michael Slosser, who worked with him on the highly successful launch of critically acclaimed KITCHEN 1540 restaurant as part of the rejuvenation of Southern California’s L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel.
McCabe is drawing on more than 30 years of culinary experience working with Californian, Mediterranean, Southwestern and Pacific Rim cuisines to re-concept the entire food and beverage operation at Town and Country Resort. He will be developing all concepts and menus and recruiting top culinary talent for new dining and drinking concepts – an all-day restaurant and expansive lobby bar that will also serve food will be housed in one building; and there will be a stand-alone restaurant near the pool complete with a pool bar. In addition, he and his new culinary team are revamping and refining the current Town and Country Resort & Convention Center food venues, including Terrace Café, The Market and Charlie’s, Sports-Beer-BBQ. Most recently, they re-conceived Charlie’s into a modern sports bar offering slow-smoke BBQ and local award-winning micro brews.
Prior to this position, McCabe was the executive chef at Phoenix’s Four Diamond Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, where he relaunched the signature restaurant T. Cooks and won over guests with his clean, simple style. In addition to his time as executive chef at KITCHEN 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar, he was at the helm of Rancho Santa Fe’s Delicias restaurant before being recruited to take over culinary operations at the famed La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Long known for his culinary creativity and innovation, McCabe has helped reinvent such San Diego foodie icons as Top O’ the Cove and Anthony’s Star of the Sea. He spent six years at the award-winning Enchantment Resort in Sedona, where he worked his way up to executive chef and played an integral part in the renovation of Five-Star L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills where he was the executive chef.
McCabe has already selected three industry talents to work with him at Town and Country Resort. Mark Pawlowski has been named executive sous chef. Pawlowski has earned numerous honors and worked at prestigious hotels and restaurants for over 30 years. He last served as executive sous chef at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked with McCabe at AAA Four Diamond T. Cooks restaurant.
McCabe has also appointed Jack Fisher as the resort’s pastry chef. Fisher’s prior position was as banquet chef at Hotel Solimar and JSix restaurant in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. He too is a highly regarded chef and pastry expert with over 25 years of experience at acclaimed California restaurants and resorts.
Another associate of McCabe when he worked at T. Cooks at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix is eight-year culinary veteran Matthew Hobbs, who will serve as Chef de Cuisine at Town and Country Resort.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Executive Chef Paul McCabe in charge of re-conceiving Town and Country’s entire food and beverage operations and look forward to working with him and his new culinary team on the transformation of this 62-year-old property into the ultimate meeting, leisure and urban oasis resort,” said Slosser.
# # # About Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, A Destination Hotel Built in 1953, the 43-acre Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, A Destination Hotel, is poised to undergo a massive $80 million renovation and when complete in 2018 will emerge as San Diego’s ultimate meeting, leisure and urban oasis – with 700 rooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting space, a 10,000-square-foot lobby complex, three new restaurants, a 5,000-square-foot-spa, a new parking garage and an expansive water park/pool area. The anticipated two-and-a-half year project will get underway in January 2016 and is the resort’s most ambitious renovation to date. Over 62 years, Town and Country Resort has anchored Mission Valley and grown into the largest privately owned convention and meeting hotel on the West Coast. The hotel is now owned by a partnership comprised of AECOM Capital, Atlas Hotels and Lowe Enterprises. For more information, visit www.towncountry.com. About Destination Hotels Destination Hotels (Destination) is the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Located in premier destinations, the portfolio is continuously growing with more than 40 luxury and upscale properties from coast to coast. The award-winning company operates 20 golf courses, 20 full-service spas, six IACC-certified conference centers and 110 bars and restaurants. The privately-owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.