Print
Restaurants

LINC To Feature Culinary Leader And Film At Annual Milestones Dinner

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jan 9, 2019
Brandon Chrostowski

Leading Into New Communities Inc. (LINC), the Wilmington-based nonprofit organization providing transitional services to men and women returning from prison, as well as youth development services for African-American men ages 16 to 24, will host its fifth annual Milestones Dinner on Feb. 4 at the Hotel Ballast. 

Brandon Chrostowski, founder and executive director of Edwin's Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and 2016 CNN Hero, will present the keynote address, which will be followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Knife Skills by Academy Award winning director Thomas Lennon. Knife Skills showcases the launch of Edwin's Restaurant.

Edwin's is a premier French restaurant that gives formerly incarcerated individuals a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for their long-term success. The Edwin’s re-entry mission and programs parallel those of LINC.

As stated on Edwin’s website, Chrostowski believes that “every human being, regardless of their past, has the right to a fair and equal future.”

LINC Executive Director Frankie Roberts said he met Chrostowski when he was in town for the 2017 Cucalorus Film Festival, where Knife Skills was screened. Roberts said that Chrostowski reached out to him because he was interested in finding out more about LINC’s work in the community. 

“He came out to our campus to see our operation, and I went to see his film about his job training program,” Roberts said. “By the end of the film, I told him I should be asking for his autograph.”

Roberts said that it was a natural fit to invite Chrostowski to this year’s Milestones Dinner. And with the help of a generous donation on behalf of LINC supporters Linda and Reid Murchison, the hope became a reality. 

“He runs the most successful French restaurant in Cleveland and an outstanding training program,” Roberts said. “It means a lot to have a guy of that caliber helping us to fine tune our program because he has proven that he knows how to do it.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $50 until Jan. 28 when they will increase to $60. For sponsorships and online ticket purchases, visit LINC's website or or call 332-1132.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Mc2 56882

Building Insights: 2019 Homebuilding Industry Outlook

Scott Byers - Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
Img 1576c1

What We Think is Unique About Our Firm

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group
Hewet60

I Disagree.

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership

Trending News

Dram Yard Restaurant To Open At New Boutique Hotel

Jessica Maurer - Mar 20, 2019

Mixed-use Project On Oleander Drive Moves Forward

Johanna Cano - Mar 21, 2019

Two New Hanover County Departments To Merge This Summer

Jenny Callison - Mar 19, 2019

Wilmington-based Bloom Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Johanna Cano - Mar 19, 2019

Bespoke Coffee Owner Shares More Details About First Outpost

Jessica Maurer - Mar 20, 2019

In The Current Issue

Tapping Hemp Fiber's Potential

Working from his garage in Wilmington, Kyle Trivisonno, a board-certified prosthetic technician, was able to create a prosthetic leg out of...


Bar, Shop Help Bridge A Wine Gap

Bridgewater Wines is one of the newest additions to the Cape Fear region’s food and drink scene. Husband and wife Doug and Susan Zucker open...


Storm Repairs Boost Battleship

The more than 35-year-old visitors center, which greets thousands annually before they board the memorial warship, is getting a major makeov...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with Eric Dinenberg, Rouse Properties