Catering by Dale uses local farmers and purveyors to create custom menus. They use the freshest ingredients to design a wide variety of menus that reflect your taste and style. They take a Farm to Table approach that allows each dish to be artistically arranged, visually beautiful, exceptional to the taste and designed with your budget in mind.
Catering by Dale is a 17-year old local catering company that has recently been chosen to be ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain‘s exclusive caterer and in-house operator of the Waterside Cafe at ECHO. Susan Thompson, owner of Vermont Made Weddings and Events, purchased the company in June 2017 after an 11-year exclusive working relationship with Dale and her staff on all weddings and events. Susan and Dale met in the mid-80’s, when Dale owned and operated Jake’s Restaurant and Susan spearheaded the local Sprint office right next door. They formed a bond and Susan was able to work with the Catering by Dale “A-Team” – Executive Chef Garrett P. Bailey; Head ECHO Catering by Dale Manager Mary Norton; and Head Server Cher Goodwin – for many years. Her relationship with the staff is solid as she steers the team forward into the corporate realm, developing ECHO as a premier all-inclusive venue for all corporate meetings and events.
The Catering by Dale team is committed to developing ECHO as a venue for corporate events including holiday parties, winter-themed parties, and corporate general staff meetings. ECHO offers a state-of-the-art AV system and a gorgeous backdrop of Lake Champlain – it’s a perfect venue for all kinds of events. Susan has worked diligently to re-structure her team to accommodate the increasing number of events at ECHO, designating several key employees dedicated only to ECHO events. The shift in ownership has been smooth and it is business as usual with Dale at Susan’s side during the busy wedding season. The proof is demonstrated with the increased flow of business to ECHO, the ease with which the Catering by Dale team work together, and the marketing skills Susan brings to the table.
With Catering by Dale as the exclusive caterer to ECHO, companies are assured of exquisite cuisine which has been labeled by many repeat customers as simply “the best in Vermont!”. The Waterside Cafe at ECHO is running year-round and will be catering to local businesses throughout the slower winter months. Mention this Lake Champlain Regional Chamber blog post and receive 10% off your next lunch at the new and improved Waterside Cafe!