Tom McDowell is the founder, President & CEO of Pavilion Catering, Inc. and Connecticut Wedding Group, which are located in his hometown of Middletown, CT. Tom graduated Xavier High School in Middletown, CT and then went on to receive an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and a B.S. in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Tom founded Pavilion Catering in 1984 and later formed Connecticut Wedding Group in 2008, focusing the company's efforts on planning and producing Connecticut's best and most exciting wedding experiences.
Connecticut Wedding Group is the exclusive caterer at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, The Pavilion on Crystal Lake, and Lyman Orchards, where his award-winning team focuses on farm-to-table cuisine, innovative design, and comprehensive wedding planning.
Tom is a member of the prestigious Leading Caterers of America, an organization comprised of the most successful catering companies in the country, as well as a Trustee of the International Caterers Association Education Foundation. Tom can usually be found flying under the radar in his "Head Groundskeeper" sweatshirt, overseeing the entire operation from behind the scenes. Tom is most enthusiastic about bringing together and mentoring his staff of talented professionals, each of which help with his passion for making wedding day dreams come true.