EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute offers formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for long-term success. The driving principle is that every human being, regardless of their past, has a right to a fair and equal future. Culinary classes are held at Grafton Correctional Institution. While enrolled in the program, EDWINS students are equipped with intensive training and hands-on work experience. They are also provided with free housing, legal services, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, and literacy programs.
EDWINS has grown to include an award-winning fine French restaurant, butcher shop, bakery, and EDWINS Too, a culinary incubator, community kitchen, and event and makers' space. EDWINS Institute graduates 100 students each year who have gained employment in dining establishments across the country.