Wilmington chef Dan Butler takes over Thronson Café, becomes exclusive caterer


The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce the recent partnership with Chef Dan Butler’s Toscana Catering to operate the Museum’s Thronson Café and act as the exclusive caterer for all Museum events and rentals.

“Community partnerships drive many of the things that we do. We are thrilled to be partnering with Dan Butler, a stalwart restaurant industry leader in Delaware,” explains the Museum’s CEO Mike Miller. “Our members and local visitors will appreciate the integration of a well-known local business into our food service, and no doubt he will make a positive impression on out of town guests and Delawareans.”

The Thronson Café has already begun serving an updated menu, and is preparing and evolving menus for daytime visitors, weddings, rentals, and Museum-led events and programs.

“I humbly acknowledge that someone thinks the work that I do is art–culinary art–but I’m in awe that I have an opportunity to impress guests in a fine art museum,” says Butler. “It is second nature to me to build relationships with the public, and I’m looking forward to working with the Museum to create a great experience for visitors, and encourage more brides to consider us for their big days. And stay tuned for exciting additions to the offerings in the Café and at the Museum as we come up with menu options and creative new ways to entice people to visit and dine.”

Butler is not a newcomer to working with local museums. In fact, Toscana Catering counts the Delaware Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Ball as one of its first major engagements, and a small café he ran out of the Museum in the 1990s. Butler has also been the exclusive caterer for Hagley Museum & Library and its Belin House Organic Café since 2010 and provides meals for tour groups at Mt. Cuba Center and the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

“This summer, I’d like to see my friends dining on the Copeland Sculpture Garden terrace. Many people don’t realize that you can dine in and enjoy the Thronson Café without paying admission to the Museum, and that the Museum offers free admission on Thursday evenings and Sundays. Whether you’re dining inside or out, you can’t really beat the view,” says Butler.

Butler and his restaurants have a longtime and loyal following, since Butler opened Toscana in Wilmington’s Trolley Square in 1991. His reputation for excellence has led to extraordinary opportunities for Toscana Catering, including a dinner for the King and Queen of Sweden as well as the wedding of the daughter of the Vice President of the United States.

The Thronson Café is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Museum’s Art is Tasty program combines a 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café the first Friday of every month.

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About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 or visit

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