Check out the piece by CBS This Morning that places the spotlight on Brandon, EDWINS and our work at Grafton Correctional Institution.
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)
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 […]
Support EDWINS in its annual summer soiree, La Bastille, hosted July 13th, 6 to 10 p.m. In this article, you can read more details about the event and follow the link to purchase your tickets. https://www.cleveland.com/community/2019/06/be-careful-around-horseshoe-lake-benefit-at-edwins-on-shaker-square-more-press-run.html
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 […]
Watch FOX8’s Recipe Box and see Brandon explain how to make an excellent meal this Father’s Day. He reveals how to pick the best steak for every budget and how to prepare a great meal.
Crain’s Cleveland Business explains the current workforce economy in the article below. It elaborates on the fact that “every success we have in bringing marginalized workers back in is a win for the GDP growth.” Learn more about hiring initiatives, including EDWINS’ unique approach, below. https://www.crainscleveland.com/editorials/crains-editorial-opportunity-zone
Lamm is new to Cleveland, but that is not stopping him from learning about all aspects of the community. From prison visits, sitting in courtrooms, and a tour at EDWINS he has spent hours diving into the criminal justice system. Keep watching Lamm, and all of the Cleveland Browns, get involved in the community. We […]
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
Read the article below to learn more about the challenges of reentry and how the Cleveland Community is coming together to help. Discover ways you too can support all of those in society. https://www.freshwatercleveland.com/features/reentry042519.aspx
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
Every now and then, we all want to enjoy a nice meal out. To guarantee an exceptional meal, check-out EDWINS. According to peer reviews, via Yelp, EDWINS is one of the 100 best restaurants worth treating yourself to. https://www.foodandwine.com/syndication/yelp-places-to-treat-yourself
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 […]
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 […]
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
On February 21, head over to the Akron-Summit County Main Library to watch the documentary “Knife Skills” and have Brandon speak and answer questions afterward. https://www.ohio.com/entertainmentlife/20190220/things-to-do-feb-21-knife-skills-guys-and-dolls-akron-big-band-dokken-beethoven
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
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; […]
Thanks John Kosich and News 5 Cleveland for a look at the EDWINS Butcher Shop and Training Center!
Catch up on all the stories about EDWINS and Knife Skills that hit the news recently!
“Knife Skills,” the documentary that details the sweat equity and heart that went into opening Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Shaker Square, has made the Oscars short list.
Those of us in Northeast Ohio won’t have to wait long for a chance to view Knife Skills, as it’s slated to be part of the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest on October 4 and 5!
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.
Clark Howard Radio Show producer Kim Drobes featured Cleveland-based non-profit EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute on an episode of her Clark.com podcast The Empowerment Zone back in early June.
Here are five social enterprises using the mechanisms of business to tackle the employment issue in their communities.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, 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, […]
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. […]
To read about it, Cleveland appears ready for its close-up for the Republican National Convention this month. Downtown’s Public Square — 10 acres of green park — just reopened, following an investment of 15 months and $50 million. Nearby, a new Hilton added 600 rooms to the city’s inventory. Local pride was only burnished with […]
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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 […]
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Students with a troubled past are getting a second chance at one Shaker Heights restaurant. Edwin’s Restaurant has made a habit of employing people whose checkered past makes it tough to get hired. See the full feature from NewsNet5 here.
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 […]
One restaurant is helping people who need a second chance. Edwin’s, a popular, upscale French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, teaches people who were once incarcerated how to cook. Most of its staff has a prison record, as well. Read the full story from the Huffington Post here.
French-trained chef Brandon Chrostowski came to Cleveland in 2008 as general manager for L’Albatros in University Circle, but five years later he struck out on his own to follow his passion: training formerly incarcerated people for jobs in the restaurant industry. Since opening three years ago, Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute at Shaker Square has […]
We’re excited to announce our founder and CEO, Brandon Chrostowski, has been named a 2016 CNN Hero! The internationally recognized award honors those making a significant difference in their communities. Brandon is one of only 25 individuals around the world to receive the prestigious award. Thanks to everyone who’s made this award possible and vowed […]
Food and wine events tend to be stuffy, somber affairs that leave guests ducking out the back door long before the night’s official end. (Guilty!) That’s the exact opposite of what Brandon Chrostowski has planned for the inaugural East vs. West competition going down at EDWINS restaurant. Get Doug Tratter’s complete take at Cleveland Scene here.
A young woman seated at a table in the front of Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Wednesday afternoon could not conceal her growing impatience for class to start. She strummed her fingers on the white linen tablecloth and made no effort to stifle a yawn. Edwins wasn’t scheduled to open its doors to diners for three […]