by Margo Callaghan
ECHO opened a new area and added a new concept to its existing facilities with last week’s unveiling of the Revision Lakeside Pavilion at the science center.
The new Pavilion can accommodate 174 people for a seated dinner, or be divided into multiple breakout rooms, including a boardroom with lake views. The space is equipped with a large movie screen capable of 2D and 3D projection, six LCD flat screen TVs, and a Smart Board. The technology in this space is one of a kind and the first in the area. For less formal gatherings, the space can accommodate up to 250 people for a cocktail hour or standing reception. The Pavillion will also offer an under-awning outdoor patio area on the waterfront once the weather turns warmer.
Shelburne’s Dale Loeffler was on hand to feed the attendees at the grand opening luncheon. Loeffler’s company, Catering By Dale, is one of ECHO’s preferred caterers, and so when ECHO invited more than 150 community members to the space’s unveiling, Loeffler was asked to make sure the guests, many of whom are event planners, were well fed. Her menu for the luncheon consisted of four distinct stations that featured local produce as the basis for a variety of offerings, such as roasted butternut and apple sour, along with ratatouille and pitas, and Mediterranean Caprese salad.
“This is such an exciting new venue for special meetings and events in the area. As a caterer, I have worked closely with ECHO on past events – they know my work, so they are happy to suggest us to people who will be planning events at the Pavilion.” Last year, Loeffler’s business was selected to cater the dinner in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to ECHO.
Following the Pavilion’s “unveiling” luncheon, the space is now being prepared for the exhibit “OUR BODY,” which will be open April 14 through Sept. 3. Once the exhibit leaves, the Revision Lakeside Pavilion will be available for other uses.