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Apr 9, 2014 08:57 PM

Spinning Plates: A Surprisingly Emotional Ride through American Dining- From 3 Star Michelin to Mexican Roadhouse

OMG. Who would have thought that a documentary about
3 different restaurants across America- would be so filled with
pathos that I can't really stop crying? Maybe I'm just tired, not
enough sleep last night. Or maybe I am just really touched by the
emotions of each different story and all the hard working people
focusing their lives on providing sustenance in three vastly different
communities. From Chicago's 3 Michelin star-awarded Alinea, to
a 3rd generation Iowa family restaurant/core of the community ,
to a small Mexican family struggling with their first restaurant in
rural Arizona, "Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another." (IMDB) Spinning Plates is well photographed and extremely well edited; none of it feels redundant and all of it feels important and vital. As the film begins, it seems like a straightforward even-keel look at the world of restaurants. But by the time it's over, you may feel like you have just come off quite the roller coaster ride of feelings. I highly recommend this for everyone to see. After it, you will probably never look at any restaurant meal the same.

This was made in 2012; we saw it through our local Public Library network's collection.

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  1. I really want to see this. They only showed it in one theater here and it was so out of the way. I'm on their mailing list awaiting a dvd or stream release

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    1. re: chris2269

      I just noticed this past weekend that my cable company (Time Warner) has it available "on demand." You might want to check yours. Maybe you'll get lucky and have it too.

      I almost ordered it...maybe this weekend.

    2. Found it on Amazon. Your right Roller Coaster of emotions. I work with Chefs and Artists and this really gets to the heart of the passion and sacrifice involved.

      1. Saw this on Netflix yesterday. Beautifully done. Still thinking about it.

        1. I really enjoyed this! Stumbled upon it while lazily browsing Netflix. The stories were so moving; each one documented how much hard work, passion, and heartbreak go into
          running a restaurant.