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Buffets, Credenzas & Sideboards
A sideboard, also known as a buffet, is a piece of furniture that is traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, displaying serving dishes, and storing items. It is typically made up of a set of cabinets, or cupboards, and one or more drawers, all topped by a wooden surface for holding food, serving dishes, or lighting devices. The terms sideboard and buffet are somewhat interchangeable, but if the item has short legs or a base that sits directly on the floor with no legs, it is more likely to be referred to as a sideboard; if it has longer legs, it is more likely to be referred to as a buffet.
A credenza is a dining room sideboard, typically made of burnished and polished wood and decorated with marquetry, with a central cupboard flanked by glass display cabinets. The top is typically made of marble or another decorative liquid- and heat-resistant stone.
The credenza began as an unfinished table with a cloth draped over it. It took on an architectural form in early 14th-century Italy, with column and pilaster decorations. 
In modern times, a credenza is more commonly used as a type of sideboard in a home or restaurant. It is typically made of wood and used in dining rooms as a platform to serve buffet meals. It provides a side surface and storage cupboards in restaurant kitchens and is made of stainless steel.
A buffet can be a sideboard (a flat-topped piece of furniture with cupboards and drawers for storing crockery, glasses, and table linen) or a meal-serving system in which food is placed in a public area where diners serve themselves. Buffets, a type of service à la Françoise, are available in a variety of settings, including hotels, restaurants, and many social events.