Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Tee Up for 17th Annual Golf Classic Sept. 21

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Fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia Will Help Push 17-Year Total Raised Over $600,000

ATLANTA (September 16, 2015) – Getting into the swing of fall has never been more fun or philanthropic thanks to Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, who host their 17th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 21.  The only detail golfers need worry about in this action-packed day of course competition, contests on the green, prizes and gourmet tavern fare is their score. Of course, individual results pale in comparison to the end result: driving up much-needed funds for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA).

“It’s hard to believe we’ve been working with Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon for 17 years,” says Susan Skolnick, director of development for Special Olympics Georgia. “While they support us throughout the year, the golf tournament is like the grand finale at a fireworks celebration –it never fails to take our breath away. We’re so grateful for this partnership and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Last year alone, the annual Golf Classic collected approximately $70,000 for SOGA. Coupled with other events throughout the year, the restaurant company has raised more than a half-million dollars for SOGA since the partnership’s inception.

“Seeing smiles light the faces of so many athletes is a gift,” says John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Sterling Spoon and co-founder of Aqua blue. “They constantly remind me of the true meaning of hard work and dedication. Being able to see the impact of our fundraising efforts inspires us all to keep working at it.  Special Olympics of Georgia not only shapes the lives of these athletes but enriches the lives of our employees and our guests, as well."

The Country Club of Roswell, located at 2500 Club Springs Drive in Roswell, will once again provide the greens. Steve Martin of Artlite is this year’s event chair. Nineteenth hole sponsor Aqua blue is hosting an after-party open to all.  Admission is $50 per person, which includes dinner, an awards ceremony, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction and casino night. All proceeds benefit SOGA. Reservations for the party will be taken in advance, but walk-ins are also welcome. Aqua blue is located at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.   

To make a donation, find out about available sponsorship levels or make a reservation for the after-party at Aqua blue, contact Susan Skolnick at 770-414-9390 x111 or

About Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar
For more than 14 years, Aqua blue has brought chef-driven, global cuisine to Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The menu boasts the freshest, seasonal ingredients from around the world served in an elegant and exciting atmosphere, giving diners more than just a meal but an unforgettable dining experience. Aqua blue is located in Roswell at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner daily from 4 to 10 p.m. For more information about Aqua blue, call 770-643-8886 or visit

About Marlow’s Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Ga., and has continued to grow over the years, adding several Atlanta-area restaurants and three locations in Orlando, Fla. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit   

About Sterling Spoon Culinary Management
Sterling Spoon Culinary Management combines talented chefs, dedicated employees and outstanding culinary and financial management to provide corporate café and on-site contract management clients extraordinary food and hospitality with an innovative retail restaurant approach.
Founded by culinary-trained chefs, Sterling Spoon focuses on fresh, delicious offerings with a contemporary twist. The company’s goal is two-fold: to exceed clients’ objectives at all times and to offer clients a high-quality, affordable breakfast and lunch experience to their employees and visitors daily at their place of business. For more information, visit

About Special Olympics Georgia
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 25 Olympic-type sports for 26,702 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal is to help bring people with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. For more information, visit


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