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Marlow’s Tavern Tees Up for 15th Annual Golf Classic on September 23  Atlanta-Area Restaurants and Management Group Raise Funds  with Fine Cuisine and Friendly Competition on the Course

ATLANTA (August  2013) – Marlow’s Tavern, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar are hosting their 15th Annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic, featuring exciting golf competition, contests on the course, fun prizes and gourmet tavern fare. Golfers will putt for a good cause on Monday, September 23, as the event benefits Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA).

“Our 16-year relationship with SOGA means a great deal to our company and teams,” says John C. Metz, co-founder of Aqua blue and executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. “It has taught us all how truly important and impactful becoming part of the local communities we serve can be to so many. I have many fond memories from partnering with such a generous organization that enriches the athletes, our city and our employees.”

This year’s event chair is Ben Shanley, vice president of National Distribution Organization for Coca-Cola Refreshments. Shanley has been involved as a participant and corporate sponsor since the tournament’s inception.

“My wife JoAnn and I have always enjoyed volunteering for Special Olympics events,” said Shanley. “It’s our way to give back to these special athletes, their families and the community.”

Shanley is committed to recruiting new sponsors in order to help raise money for SOGA and developing the focus and goals for the event and fundraising initiatives.

The Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic has helped raise more than $425,000 for SOGA since 1999.

“Marlow’s Tavern’s continued commitment to supporting the Special Olympics movement helps provide hope, opportunity, success and acceptance to children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Georgia,” says Susan Skolnick, director of development and major gifts for SOGA.

The Golf Classic will take place at the Country Club of Roswell, followed by an after party with an awards dinner an incredible silent auction at Aqua blue. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and those interested in signing up for the tournament, attending the after party or making a donation can contact Susan Skolnick at 770-414-9390 x111 or The Country Club of Roswell is located at 2500 Club Springs Drive in Roswell. Aqua blue is located at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

About Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar
For over 12 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 two 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. Marlow’s Tavern at Emory Point is located at 1627 Clifton Road; 404-343-3283. Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody is located at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway; 770-559-7528. Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming is located at 410 Peachtree Parkway; 770-886-3666. Marlow’s Tavern in East Cobb is located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208; 770-977-7747. Marlow’s Tavern in Duluth is located at 1950 Satellite Boulevard; 770-622-2033. Marlow’s Tavern in Vinings is located at 2355 Cumberland Parkway, Ste.10; 770-432-2526. Marlow’s Tavern in Alpharetta is located at 3719 Old Alabama Road, Bldg. 200, Suite H-I; 770-475-1800. Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown is located at 950 West Peachtree Street; 404-815-0323. Marlow’s Tavern in Kennesaw is located at 745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160; 770-425-8777. Marlow’s Tavern in Tucker is located at 4156 LaVista Road; 678-987-1197. Marlow’s Tavern in Orlando is located at 9101 International Drive in Pointe Orlando; 407-351-3627. Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park is located at 1008 S. Orlando Avenue; 407-960-3670. For more information, visit

About Sterling Spoon Culinary Management
Sterling Spoon Culinary Management (SSCM) 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, SSCM 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 consumers 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 25,878 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