The Ohio Restaurant Association Columbus Alliance recently met to discuss its new focus and exciting initiatives to better share the story of our restaurant’s impact in the community and forge deeper relationships with city leaders.
“Columbus’ restaurants are an integral part of the city’s reputation as a fun, thriving place to live, work and play,” said John Barker, president and chief executive officer of the Ohio Restaurant Association. “The ORA Columbus Alliance will ensure restaurateurs have the support they need to lift up the great work our industry is doing every day. We are starting an alliance in Cincinnati and have already been active with an alliance in Cleveland."
In addition to coordinating regular meetings with Columbus elected officials for restaurants to proactively and positively engage with their local elected officials, the Columbus Alliance will manage events and action opportunities around three key reputational initiatives:
- Workforce development and second-chance employment
- Columbus’ infant mortality and neighborhood programs
For more information about the Columbus Alliance or information about how to get involved, please contact Jennifer Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Ohio restaurant celebrates anniversary by giving back
Columbus culinary institution Barcelona Restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary, a major milestone for any restaurant, by focusing on one of its core philosophies: giving back.
During this holiday season, Barcelona will continue its tradition of collecting non-perishable food items and toys to be donated to the Livingston United Methodist Church and the Firefighters’ annual toy drive.
This month, Barcelona raffled off gift baskets, filled with items donated by its vendors and other businesses in the community. The large basket was valued at over $2,000, and the proceeds from the raffle went to the MidOhio Food Bank.
Scott Heimlich, owner of Barcelona, believes it’s important to include his guests in these efforts to give back.
“It’s always been part of my philosophy: You have to be part of the community, you have to give back in some fashion,” Heimlich said. “There are small things we can do, but when we get our guests involved we make an even bigger impact.”
Heimlich estimates the restaurant has contributed more than $50,000 in direct donations of either money or food to area charities. This does not include sponsorships or gift certificate donations that are also a party of the restaurant’s efforts to give back.