The Steve Harvey Show: Harvey’s Heroes

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is Chef Brandon Chrostowski’s favorite holiday of the year. The chef and founder of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute credits the civil rights leader as one of the biggest inspirations in his life. In honor of the MLK Jr. holiday, Chef Chrostowski shared one of Dr. King’s  favorite dessert […]

Fox Recipe Box: Pecan Pie

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is Chef Brandon Chrostowski’s favorite holiday of the year. The chef and founder of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute credits the civil rights leader as one of the biggest inspirations in his life. In honor of the MLK Jr. holiday, Chef Chrostowski shared one of Dr. King’s  favorite dessert […]

January 2017 Newsletter

At EDWINS, we strive to live out the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for and upheld: Civil Rights, social activism, racial and gender equality, and his declaration that, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Read the rest of the newsletter here.

See The Good Event at EDWINS

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day is on Monday and EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is honoring him by cooking up some of his favorite dishes, including pig’s feet! Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder of EDWINS, joins us to share information about an event next Tuesday where if you bring in one piece of good news […]

Edwins Restaurant to open butcher shop

Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute has signed a deal to build the Buckeye neighborhood’s first meat vendor in more than 45 years. The 3,200-square-foot butcher shop, located at 13024 Buckeye Road, is scheduled to open winter 2017. “Edwins Butcher Shop is the next step in an overall plan to combat the problem of re-entry though […]

Rare bourbon given to Edwins for fundraiser

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute has been named a beneficiary of a rare bourbon that could fetch upwards of $10,000. Edwins is one of 200 charities in the country and 11 in Ohio that are receiving the O.F.C. vintage bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce is the only […]

EDWINS to Open Butcher Shop in Buckeye Neighborhood in Mission to Better Lives of Many

Brandon Chrostowski promised that he was just getting started. In addition to EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, the fine-dining bistro that provides formerly incarcerated citizens a foothold in the hospitality industry, the philanthropist recently unveiled EDWINS Second Chance Life Skills Center, a three-building campus in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood that provides housing, services and amenities to […]

Edwins buys former butcher shop

To add more culinary training and a shop to its agenda, Edwins restaurant has acquired a former butcher shop building next to its Cleveland campus. The nonprofit that operates a French restaurant at Shaker Square that helps formerly incarcerated people gain job skills and re-enter society, just shelled out $50,000 to acquire a one-time butcher […]

Holiday Wishes – and Dishes!

We’ve lit up our quadrant of Shaker Square, and we at EDWINS are sending you the warmest holiday greetings and a toast for a happy new year. Along with our holiday wishes, we wanted to share some of our favorite dishes – and a few recipes, too. May this season be full of love, wonderful […]

Brandon Chrostowski’s Sweet Potato Puree

Edwins restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski in Cleveland carried this recipe idea home from France and added a few tweaks. Try its fruity sweetness next to a ham or turkey. Read the rest from Debbi Snook of The Plain Dealer here.

Edwins Second Chance Life Skills Center awarded $200,000 for development efforts in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood

Edwins Second Chance Life Skills Center, a housing-focused component of Cleveland chef Brandon Chrostowski’s nonprofit Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, has been named a 2016 Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America and will receive a $200,000 grant for the distinction. Founded in 2007, Edwins provides formerly incarcerated individuals experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, […]

How big is Cleveland’s Heart?

Our city is riding high on a crest of significant achievements and a new wave of national recognition and acclaim. Cleveland is hot. The Cavaliers are the champions of professional basketball and the Indians have taken the Central Division of the American League. We just hosted a major political party’s presidential nominating convention. Downtown is […]

EDWINS Newsletter – September 2016

EDWINS alum Craig Howard has impressed guests from all over the country, who have been happy to share their great experiences with him. Learn more about Craig, the Anisfield Wolf Memorial Award, the EDWINS Run for Re-Entry 5K, the Nurture an Idea Forum and our Town Hall Series on Re-Entry.

EDWINS Expands its Reach with New Dorms, Second Chance Life Skills Center

Brandon Chrostowski was just wrapping a particularly challenging dinner service at EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute when he answered his phone. The person on the other end of the line was freaking out about a broken toilet, which may or may not have been the cause of the flooded basement. “Now, I’m a landlord,” Chrostowski groans. […]