The Return of the Butler’s Pantry
Posted on Feb 3, 2011Feb3
Few homeowners actually employ a butler these days, but having a butler’s pantry in a home is still quite a luxury. The old fashioned butler’s pantry was the transition room between the homeowner’s quarters and the kitchen. It was purely a working space as well as a place where linens, glassware and china were stored and where food passed through into the dining room from the kitchen by the homeowner’s employees. For today’s homeowners, the desire for a butler’s pantry has seen a resurgence. Today’s butler’s pantry is more than just a “working quarter” – it’s a functional space that has aesthetic appeal. When designing a butler’s pantry, homeowners place the same emphasis on beauty and function as the planning of the kitchen. The butler’s pantries of today feature a combination of storage for fine table linens, drawer space for silverware and serving utensils and glass cabinet doors that display fine china pieces, crystal and glassware. Often, it will have a prep sink, a dishwasher and refrigeration for wine. For homeowners who love to entertain, a butler’s pantry is the perfect station for caterers and chefs to set up shop for the last stages of preparing meals and pouring fine wines. The return of the butler’s pantry brings back the function of yesteryear with a 21st century twist of luxury design.