introducing edwins: a unique opportunity to give back

Life is hard, I don’t have to tell you that. Ups and downs, curve-balls we never dreamed of and sometimes making sense out of things we can’t begin to comprehend. And for some, it’s harder than the vast majority of us could ever be able to process – thankfully. And because the greater majority of us, for the most part, enjoys a pretty good life – even the occasional dips, I feel we owe it to our community to help when we can and give back when we’re able. I firmly believe in this – however and whenever possible, to do as much good, big and small, in this lifetime as we can.

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to experience the most impressive cheese selection in town at the hands of Brandon Chrostowski of L’Albatros. It’s truly one of my favorite things to do in town – a night of wine and cheese on the patio. Since moving to Cleveland, Brandon has been involved in much more than tempting us with cheeses from around the world and its perfect accompaniments. Brandon has been using his knowledge within the food service industry to help those who need it most. And now we have the chance to join him in his cause.

Brandon founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, a student operated restaurant located in Cleveland. Open to the public, the restaurant teaches business and culinary fundamentals through its daily operations to underprivileged and reentering adults interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. The institute provides these men and women the opportunity to gain a valuable education free of charge for six months and then assists with job placement. Additionally, EDWINS looks to improve Cleveland throughout the process by enhancing community awareness about supporting local and maintaining a healthy diet.

HOW WE CAN HELP On October 14th, there’s a launch party to raise needed funds for this institute and learn more first-hand. Participation in this one-of-a-kind event will help EDWINS provide culinary training, life-skills classes, housing, clothing, counseling, and other support services that empower returning citizens to overcome barriers to employment and improve lives. Enjoy a food and wine experience created by James Beard award winners David & Karen Waltuck of New York City’s Chanterelle restaurant, Karen Small of The Flying Fig, Zack Bruell of Parallax, Chris Hodgson of Hodge’s, Paul Minnillo of Flour and pastries from Adam Gidlow of On the Rise Bakery. The evening will also include acclaimed wines from around the world. Additionally, meet some of EDWINS prospective students and hear about the impact this groundbreaking venture will have in building a better Cleveland. These students will partner with our established chefs to help create an unforgettable meal and even better lives. Individual tickets are $200 and couples $350.

All revenue from this event will help start EDWINS restaurant and training programs. To RSVP or make a donation, email brandon@edwinsrestaurant.org, or call 216.744.2606.

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