The Columbus Food League may not be familiar to everyone, but names like Betty's, Tip Top, Surly Girl, the Jury Room and Dirty Frank's certainly are more well known. These restaurants, and a few others that are in the works, are all linked through the Columbus Food League, and the indomitable spirit of the Elizabeth Lessner. She can't do it all on her own, however, hence the CFL.
So, what is the Columbus Food League?
It's an umbrella company to assist with all things Betty's Family of Restaurants related. They handle training materials and benefits packages for the employees of all the restaurants, as well as working with the other Lessner venture, Eartha Limited, to make them all green and zero-waste businesses (not an easy task in the world of food service).
While each restaurant in the family brings its unique style and brand to the fold, what happens is the CFL synthesizes it all and creates opportunities for the customers and employees that wouldn't exist if each business was autonomous. By listing their employees with Columbus Food League instead of just Surly Girl, for instance, they are able to qualify for cheaper and better insurance programs, and able to offer that to the employees.
CFL also offers many charitable giving opportunities to their employees through a regular donation plan via Community Shares of Mid Ohio, as well as Community Partner Days. They even offer an 8 hour paid shift to volunteer, per quarter, to all employees after one year. Employees even get seeds and a plot in the CFL garden if they would like.