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 other Northeast Ohio-based group receiving the bourbon to be used as part of a fundraiser of the charity’s choosing.

Edwins – the culinary training and re-entry support organization – is planning an intimate, Southern-inspired dinner to allow guests to try the bourbon. The event – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 – also will feature the distillery’s Pappy Van Winkle 15-year, George T. Stagg and Sazerac 18. The night will include hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner and live music. Tickets are $500. Seating is limited to 20 people; about half the tickets have been sold, Edwins founder Brandon Chrostowski said.


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