EDWINS to add Bakery to Buckeye-Shaker Campus

Our latest venture, the EDWINS Bakery, has been featured in the news lately. Check out what’s next for our part of Buckeye below: EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute gets set to add bakery to Buckeye Road (Channel 5) EDWINS Bakery to Join EDWINS Butcher Shop on Expanding Campus in Buckeye-Shaker (Cleveland Scene)

Ohio City Pizzeria Opens on The West Side

The West Side Catholic Center and Brandon Chrostowski come together to reopen Ohio City Pizzeria with a new mission.  The pizzeria mimics the mission of EDWINS and is “a way to find your path in life through the heart of hospitality.” Ohio City Pizzeria will continue serving its classics in addition to a few new […]

It’s Time to Meet Anthony, This Week’s Student Spotlight

Anthony Boyce is the EDWINS Student Spotlight of the Week. Anthony is a recent EDWINS graduation having just celebrated his commencement on Sunday, June 23rd. He’s transitioning from student to staff at EDWINS as he is the Resident Advisor at our Second Chance Life Skills Center where he manages our campus and assists students and […]

Cleveland Browns Players Come to the Butcher Shop to Show Support

This week, players from the Cleveland Browns came into EDWINS Butcher Shop to show support to the organization, take a tour, and to make a donation.  Read more details about the story below. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-continue-commitment-to-social-justice-efforts-with-visit-donation-to-edwi Browns players making an impact in the community

Work Offers Us Many Things; What Does it Offer EDWINS Employees?

The annual Reel Work Film Festival examines the role work plays in our lives.  On May 2nd, Knife Skills will add to this narrative by being shown in a series of other short and full-length films.  Continue reading the significance work has in the lives of EDWINS employees by reading the article below.   http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/entertainment/art/the-annual-reel-work-film-festival-examines-the-significance-of/article_e5b3602c-6174-11e9-9e3d-93022b45bd60.html

Cooking for a Cause

Watch Brandon on FOX8 News to see him prepare a special dish and share details about Market at the Food Bank, on April 28th.  This event will bring the best restaurants in Northeast Ohio together to raise money to fight hunger in the community.  Check out more details about EDWINS and this great event by […]

An East Side of Cleveland Neighborhood is Getting a Remodel

The East side of Cleveland, Glenville Circle North to be specific, is doing a Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) with several entrepreneur businesses to revitalize the neighborhood.  We are so proud of all of these entrepreneurs, especially EDWINS graduate, Angela Sharpley, and her daughter, Stesia Swain, founders of Pipe ‘N Hot Grill.  Read more about the […]

Check out Brandon and Anthony on WKYC3, Cooking Up Mardi Gras Desserts

To prepare for Mardi Gras, Brandon and student, Anthony Boyce, visited WKYC3 to demo how to cook beignets.  Learn how to make the official state doughnut of Louisiana below. https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/television/liveonlakeside/brandon-crostowsk-anthony-boyce-edwins-restaurant-celebrates-mardi-gras/95-bc49a800-d9a5-4d2b-9200-2e1031895a32

Visit EDWINS on Feb. 25 as a Part of Ruth’s Chris TasteMaker Series

EDWINS will hold The Butcher Goes to Bordeaux, a five-course beef paired with wines from France’s Bordeaux 6 pm on February 25 as part of Ruth’s Chris TasteMaker series.  Check-out the link below to buy your ticket and make your reservation. https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2019/02/wine-calendar-ruths-chris-tastemaker-series-wine-dinners-ice-wine-fest-more.html  

Four Unique Programs are Reducing Recidivism Through Employment Training

Peter Weltman discusses beverage and hospitality programs that are breaking the cycle of recidivism by creating pathways to employment in his article “How the Drink Industry is Stepping Up to Provide Jobs for Ex-Offenders.  Along with EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, Weltman also follows a winemaking program in Gorgona, Italy; L’chaim Foods in San Francisco; […]

Edwins’ ‘La Grande Soiree’

The soiree featured many French favorites, fabulous desserts, wines, cocktails and live entertainment. EDWINS’ mission is to instill leadership skills in formerly incarcerated adults through an education in the culinary arts, all who are employees of the restaurant.

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]


I am a former criminal. I was thrown in jail for fleeing and eluding the police after leaving the scene where drugs were involved. What I learned most was not the error of my ways, but the error of the criminal justice system’s ways, and the error of a society that treats those of us […]


Cleveland’s restaurant renaissance has been widely recognized. But closer to home, east siders still argue with west siders about which side of the Cuyahoga River has the best cuisine. Diners at a recent gourmet feast have cast their votes on the issue, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman tallies the results. Get the full story from WKSU […]


When Bloom Artisan Bakery & Café opens its second location today, it will not just be another new small business trying to make it in the big city. More than dollars will go into how the business measures success. In fact, how well Bloom can excel at using employment to transform the lives of ex-offenders will […]


Countless job seekers are still finding it difficult to land employment. Many ex-offenders have found it almost impossible. But it shouldn’t be, says Brandon Chrostowski, founder, president and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute on Shaker Square, which is dedicated to employing formerly incarcerated people in the hospitality industry. Read the rest of the story […]