Source: National Restaurant Association
CEO, executive chef, and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua Blue, and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management will advise the Association for the restaurant and foodservice industry’s largest and most comprehensive annual event, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place May 16-19.
(Chicago) The National Restaurant Association
announced today it has selected John C. Metz, CEO, executive chef, and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua Blue, and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management based in Atlanta, to serve as its convention chair for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show
and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) at the NRA Show
, previously known as the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event. In this capacity, Metz will advise the Association to ensure that the trade show - the most comprehensive event for restaurants, foodservice, and hospitality in the U.S. and abroad - represents the current industry landscape in a robust and dynamic way.
The 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will take place May 16-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place and the 2015 BAR at the NRA Show will take place May 17-18 in the adjacent Lakeside Ballroom at McCormick Place.
“Every year, we advance the products, services, and programming of the Show to ensure that attendees receive the key learnings and practical resources to continue to push our industry forward,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “John Metz’s 31 years of restaurant and hospitality experience will be an invaluable resource to our team through providing leadership and insights into what is most timely and critical to the operator community.”
The Atlanta-area chef and restaurateur offers a distinctive perspective, as he owns and operates independent restaurants as well as an on-site foodservice and catering company. His company Sterling Hospitality operates 15 locations of Marlow’s Tavern, as well as global restaurant Aqua Blue Restaurant & Bar. He also co-founded and operates Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, an upscale contract foodservice company that specializes in on-site restaurant management. Sterling operates 20 unique cafes and restaurants in office buildings in Atlanta. His companies have received local and industry awards such as the National Restaurant Association’s Good Neighbor Award in 2007/2008; Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for Aqua Blue from 2003 to current; Jezebel magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants for all three concepts; and one of the 50 “Breakout Brands” of the year for Marlow’s Tavern from Nation’s Restaurant News in 2013.
Metz has been a member of the National Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors since 2006. He also sits on the Georgia Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors and The Atlanta Visitors and Convention Bureau’s Board of Directors, as well as served as chairman for the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) in 2007 and 2008. In 2013, Metz received an IFMA Silver Plate and ultimately won the 2013 IFMA Gold Plate Award. In addition, he is actively involved with the Special Olympics of Georgia and Share our Strength organizations. Sterling Hospitality has raised more than $600,000 for these and other local community organizations.
The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals. NRA Show 2015 will be held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) at NRA Show 2015 is held in conjunction with the NRA Show on May 17-18. The events attract 63,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and the event showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and more growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the NRA Show and BAR Websites at Restaurant.org/Show and WineSpiritsBeer.org, and find NRA Show on Twitter @NRAShow, Facebook, Instagram @NRAShow.
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit www.restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.
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