Early in October, I took a trip to Cleveland to learn about Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute and its founder, Brandon Chrostowski. Edwins is the “teaching hospital” of restaurants. It teaches people with zero hospitality experience the basics of restaurant business through a free six month course. The one requirement to get into the program? Jail time. Chrostowski was inspired to start Edwins after his own brush with the law and a new beginning as a chef and entrepreneur. He discusses all this in an interview about the culinary world and Edwins. I also dive a little more into the history of Edwins and my experience with the restaurant in an accompanying essay.
Have Christians in the United States been good stewards of creation? John A. Baden of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment wrestles with this question in his review of Mark Stoll’s Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism.
On October 12, Angus Deaton was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption, poverty and welfare. Victor Claar discusses Deaton and the implications his work has on the global foreign aid industry in his essay “There is no such thing as ‘the poor.’” (more…)