Butler’s Pantries—Why They Are Becoming More Popularby Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Entertaining guests at a formal dinner party may seem like a custom stuck in the past, but it has enjoyed a resurgence recently. With the rise in popularity of shows such as BBC’s Downton Abbey and a renewed interest in Victorian Era history and customs, Butler’s Pantries are coming back into style. Imagine taking the time to cook, serve, and eat a meal with your family—a disappointingly scarce occurrence in our fast-paced life of today. It seems time-consuming but the extra effort pays off. Whether you are a new family hoping to establish your holiday traditions or a more established individual with a flair for the luxurious, having a Butler’s Pantry will keep you covered.
Situated between a kitchen and a dining room, Butler’s Pantries were historically used to facilitate the flow between cooking a meal and serving it to guests. No food would be stored there; that was for the traditional Pantry. However, wine was generally stored there after it had been selected and brought up from the wine cellar. All of the fine china, silverware, and glassware could be stored there to be effortlessly meshed with a dinner service. The cooked meals would then be either carried or carted into the formal dining room by the footmen.
During the Modern Era
Butler’s Pantries are proving more and more useful—even in today’s households. For individuals or couples that entertain often, it certainly beats storing all of the necessities in the attic, basement, or garage. Everything you need for a formal affair is on-hand and easily accessible. You can also adapt the space for your own uses. Include a sink to take care of light dishwashing as the night progresses. Place hors d’oeuvres there for your guests and you will keep them occupied—and out of the busy kitchen. Get the night started and prepare your evening drinks there. Wake up to your morning cup of coffee or prepare a tray for tea time. The modern Butler’s Pantry will remind you to slow down your hectic meals. Paying attention to the presentation of your food turns your meals into something more valuable than a way to obtain nutrients. It will help you to make your family’s meal times special. Forget eating in the car—savor the time you spend eating and more importantly, the company of your loved ones.