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Marlow's Tavern, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management announce chairman for 20th annual Golf Classic
August 16, 2018
Marietta Daily Journal
Hosting a successful golf fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) for 20 years is cause enough for Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management executive chef, CEO and co-founder John C. Metz to celebrate. The fact that his business partner Thomas H. DiGiorgio has agreed to serve as chair of the 2018 event makes the tournament even more momentous.
DiGiorgio, who designed the first Marlow’s Tavern, has partnered with Metz on the successful restaurant venture for close to 23 years. Formerly president of DK Group, a Florida-based architectural development and contract firm, DiGiorgio currently heads up Sterling Hospitality Group’s real estate and development arm.
“I am thrilled to confirm that Tommy has accepted my request to be our chairman for this year’s Golf Classic,” Metz said. “I can’t think of a better way to ring in the event’s 20th anniversary than with my business partner of over two decades heading up this incredible event.”
DiGiorgio, who’s played in 16 of the 20 tourneys, is honored to be responsible for raising awareness and hopefully record-breaking funds for the organization that impacts so many lives.
“For me, the best part of this event has been meeting these Special Olympians,” DiGiorgio said. “Listening to athletes talk about what the organization has meant to them makes me even more appreciative of what SOGA does.”
The 20th Annual Golf Classic will take place at TPC Sugarloaf on Oct. 15. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The event will be a fun-filled competition with contests, prizes and classic American tavern fare for all involved. The companies also aim to top $1 million in donations over the 20-year-old fundraiser. The tournament will be followed by a festive after-party complete with awards dinner and silent auction.
Marlow’s Tavern has three Cobb County locations at 745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160 in Kennesaw; 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208 in the Merchant's Walk Shopping Center in Marietta; and 2355 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10 in Vinings.
For more information about sponsoring the golf tournament, contact Susan Skolnick at 770-414- 9390 x111 or [email protected].
Sterling Hospitality CEO John C. Metz Jr. Named Alumni of the Year by Penn State School of Hospitality Management
Atlanta, Ga. – Sterling Hospitality CEO, executive chef & co-founder John C. Metz has been named Alumni of the Year by The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society.
The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society and Penn State School of Hospitality Management honored Metz during the 2017 Alumni Awards Reception in conjunction with the school’s annual Alumni in the Classroom event.
“I am humbled and overwhelmed by this tremendous honor from the place that has played such a big part in my life,” said Metz. “Penn State helped mold my career and shape who I am as a person and I am forever grateful for those experiences.”
"Our alumni award recipients are great examples for our students who aspire to be future leaders in our dynamic industry," said Brian Black, director of hospitality industry relations.
Under the umbrella of Sterling Hospitality, Metz created, and currently operates a number of original restaurant brands, including Marlow’s Tavern, an upscale neighborhood gathering place. He also co-founded and operates an upscale contract foodservice company, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, which specializes in on-site restaurant management in the Georgia market.
Metz began his career at some of the finest restaurants in New York City, including The 21 Club, Tribeca Grill, Park Avenue CafeÌ and Montrachet. He served as executive chef and executive director of research and development for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, the franchisor for T.G.I. Friday’s and sister restaurants.
Metz serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Penn State School of Hospitality Management. He is also on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association, Culinary Institute of America, Atlanta Visitors and Convention Bureau and Atlanta Metro Chamber.
After graduating from Penn State, Metz earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. And in 2013, he received the prestigious Gold Plate Award for Operator of the Year, from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.
MARLOW’S TAVERN GETS SAUCY THIS FALL WITH RIBS & WHISKEY
Seasonal Specials Coming to the Menu September 15
ATLANTA (Sept. 14, 2015) – As the weather begins to cool down in Atlanta, Marlow's Tavern is heating up with its sixth annual Ribs & Whiskey menu of saucy food and drink specials. Starting Tuesday, September 15 through Monday, October 19, diners can go whole hog with barbecue, ribs, handcrafted cocktails and featured drinks.
"We look forward to bringing this celebration menu back each year because it signals the start of fall and the return of some truly delicious barbecue," says John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow's Tavern. "Personally, I'm a big fan of grilling during these cooler months; especially as I'm tailgating at Penn State or in the infield at NASCAR."
For fellow tailgaters and home grillers, Metz recommends starting with the very best steak, ribs and brisket. Then, preheat the grill until it is blistering hot; that's the only way to sear in the juices. As for seasoning, Metz says salt and pepper are your friends. "An ice-cold beer by your side always helps the grilling experience, too! But really, the best way to enjoy some delicious barbecue right now is to come into Marlow's and let our chefs do the work for you."
This year's Ribs & Whiskey celebration features four delicious sauces served tableside - Jack Daniel's glaze, hoisin barbecue, Marlow's chipotle barbecue and East Carolina barbecue. Each gives a sweet, spicy, smoky or tangy zip to the perfectly seasoned ribs. Guests will find an assortment of seasonal fare on the menu, including:
Kickin’ Chicken Verde Soup–Tender chicken, fresh cilantro, roasted poblanos, tomatillos, fall sweet corn and chili cream
Daily Smoke-House Flatbread– Slow-roasted pulled pork, basted with our secret sauce and the best ingredients the farm has to offer
A Pig With Buns – Slow-roasted pulled pork with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey glaze, house-made pimento cheese, dill pickles and crispy tobacco onions on a buttery onion roll with Granny Smith apple-cabbage slaw
BBQ Blazed Cobb Salad– Barbecue chicken, crisp field greens, Roma tomato, applewood-smoked bacon, sweet corn, slivered red onions and barbecue Gorgonzola dressing
Drunken Chicken – Prestige Farms chicken blazed with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, tiny green bean casserole, shitake mushroom, caramelized onion, applewood-smoked bacon, house-made Mornay sauce and crispy tobacco onions with sweet corn and jalapeño muffins
The Saucy Catch - North Atlantic salmon blazed with East Carolina barbecue sauce, tiny green bean casserole, shitake mushroom, caramelized onion, applewood-smoked bacon, house-made Mornay sauce and crispy tobacco onions with sweet corn and jalapeño muffins
Slow-Cooked Smithfield James River St. Louis-Style Ribs – Served with Granny Smith apple-cabbage slaw, Southern fried mac and pimento cheese and house-made sweet corn and jalapeño muffin.
Bourbon Bread Pudding – Crème-brûlée-soaked Cuban bread and a splash of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey for sippin’
Plenty of boozy cocktails and liquid refreshments serve as the perfect complement :
R&W S’weet Tea – Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon, agave nectar, topped with a shot of Shock Top beer and a kick of orange
Triple Crown - Old Forester Bourbon, Combier Orange, Dolin Rouge Vermouth, fresh lime and Fee Bros. Cranberry
Garden & Gun - Medley Brothers Bourbon, Imbue Petal & Thorn, Jack Rudy Grenadine and Bittermens Burlesque
Villa Wolf Pinot Gris, Pfalz, Germany ’10– Bright, fresh, tropical fruits with good depth, medium to full body with good length and satisfying crackle
Marqués de la Concordia Rioja, Spain ‘10 – Ripe berry fruits, medium bodied and complex with a well-rounded finish and lingering berry zest
Rosenblum Zinfandel, Paso Robles ‘10 - A heady combo of mulberry, rhubarb and plum complements the rich, dark fruit scent of fresh raspberry and black cherry with the perfect long finish
Tommy’s Red Sangria – Tommy’s secret recipe created on the boat in South Florida featuring Savida Sangria, the freshest seasonal fruit and agave nectar. Red and white options available all year long
Pabst Blue Ribbon WI ABV 4.7% – Brewed in America and served tall just like you like it, this classic beer for those with the classiest of taste, “tastes so good when it hits your lips”
Sweetwater "Sweet Georgia Brown" ABV 5.8% - A river of deep caramel and chocolate malts meandering through undercut currents of hops
Boulevard Smokestack Double-Wide IPA ABV 8.5% – From the heart of America, brewed in the smokestack with double the hop, double the body, caramel, toffee-like malt and amber brown with intense floral and pronounced citrus hop aroma
At Marlowâ€™s Tavern locations and Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar in Roswell, guests and staff are looking beyond their own dinner plates to help others in need. In September, the restaurants joined forces with Sterling Spoon Culinary Management to host the 15th annual Marlowâ€™s Tavern Golf Classic and raised $52,729.88 for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA). Since 1999, golf tournaments and restaurant openings (including the most recent opening of the Winter Park, Fla.
Chef-inspired American Tavern Fare with an Upscale Twist
WINTER PARK, Fla. (June 25, 2013) - Marlow's Tavern opened its second location in Central Florida in Winter Park serving chef-inspired American tavern fare in a comfortable and unique atmosphere. Marlow's Tavern is now open at 1008 S. Orlando Avenue, just north of the intersection of S. Orlando Avenue (17-92) and N. Orange Avenue in the heart of Winter Park. The tavern offers local residents a great place to create memorable experiences and enjoy chef-driven food and hand-crafted cocktails.
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Presents Gold Plate Award to Leader in Independent Restaurants Segment
Neighborhood Tavern Offers Seasonal Summer Fare
ATLANTA (May XX, 2013) â€“ Atlantaâ€™s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Marlowâ€™s Tavern, is heating up its menu with new seasonal dishes and beverages that pair perfectly with the warm spring and summer weather. All Atlanta-area taverns are featuring the inspired menu. With bold, distinct flavors of regional and international cooking, the restaurant focuses on seasonality and using the freshest ingredients in every dish.
WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 16, 2013) - Marlowâ€™s Tavern opens its second location in Central Florida with a June opening in Winter Park serving chef-inspired American tavern fare in a comfortable and unique atmosphere. Marlowâ€™s Tavern will open at 1008 S. Orlando Avenue, just north of the intersection of S. Orlando Avenue (17-92) and N. Orange Avenue in the heart of Winter Park offering local residents a great place to create memorable experiences, enjoy chef-driven food and hand-crafted cocktails.
New Pointe Orlando Location Offers Special Deals and Exciting Events for Guests
ORLANDO, Fla. (November 5, 2012) â€“ Marlowâ€™s Tavern at Pointe Orlando celebrates its official grand opening with a week of dining deals, exciting events, and nightly entertainment. The neighborhood restaurant, which opened on October 9, has planned seven days of exclusive offers and specials from Sunday, November 11 through Saturday, November 17.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (August 14, 2012) - Chef-inspired American tavern fare served in a comfortable and unique atmosphere is coming to Orlando with the October opening of a new neighborhood gathering spot, Marlowâ€™s Tavern. Marlowâ€™s Tavern will open at Pointe Orlando at 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 giving local residents and visitors a great place to create memorable experiences, enjoy chef-driven food and hand-crafted cocktails.
ATLANTA â€“ Restaurateurs John C. Metz Jr., Tom DiGiorgio, Richard E. Rivera and Hank Clark, the four partners behind Sterling Hospitality restaurant management company, are excited to announce they have signed the lease for the seventh location of Marlowâ€™s Tavern. The newest location will open in late 2010 at the corner of Highway 120 and Johnson Ferry Road in the Merchants Walk retail center in East Cobb.
Get Meaty. Get Saucy. Get Some!
ATLANTA â€“ From Tuesday, September 28 through Monday, November 1, Marlowâ€™s Tavern is offering a five-week long â€œRibs & Whiskeyâ€