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Hagley Adds New Chef


A new partnership will provide diners with a delicious experience at Hagley Museum and Library.

The museum teamed with Chef Dan Butler – owner of Toscana Kitchen + Bar, Deep Blue Bar and Grill, and Toscana to Go – to create a new on-site food service at the museum and library.

The Belin House Organic Café will feature seasonal menus with simple fare from 11am to 3pm. Butler will also cater the special events at the museum, including weddings.

For Butler, it’s a bit like coming home. As a child, he played on the Hagley grounds, exploring the old mills and canoeing and playing ice hockey on the Brandywine River.

“The breathtaking grounds, the beautiful restoration of the buildings, and the fascinating and important  history combine to make Hagley a world-class attraction,” Butler said. “I am excited to bring food service to the museum and library that matches that potential.”

Hagley Executive Director Geoff Halfpenny said it was an easy decision to work with Butler.

“Dan and his staff understand Hagley’s mission and share our values to provide the highest-quality products and services for our visitors,” Halfpenny said. “His reputation is sterling and his commitment to great food opens an exciting chapter at Hagley.”

Diners may access the café via Hagley Museum’s main entrance on Route 141, where they can pick up a café pass.

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