Spinning Plates: A Night of Food, Film and Philanthropy

(USA, 2013, 93 mins, DCP)
Director:
FEATURING Grant Achatz

Showtimes

Guest passes and volunteer passes not accepted for the April 28th screening.

April 28th's screening includes an informal panel discussion and a chance to sample the delicious wares of Vancouver’s top restauranteurs: David Hawksworth, Sean Heather, Jackie Ellis, Andrea Carlson and Angus An (see below for details).

"Celebrating 25 Years of the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards."

Your $25 Tasting Voucher purchases one food from each chef's station: Hawksworth's, the Irish Heather, Maenam, Beacoup Bakery, and Burdock & Co (tbc). All proceeds go to charities nominated by the chefs. Each voucher also comes with a free movie ticket for Vancity Theatre, to be redeemed by the end of July (value: $11).

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It takes more than good food to make a restaurant work. Passion, persistence, independence, conviction, these are the the ingredients celebrated in Spinning Plates, an award winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. A world-renowned chef (Grant Achatz, Alinea) competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa (Breitbach’s Country Dining) is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson (La Cocina de Gabby) struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. 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.

Spinning Plates is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen.

This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles — places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life." —Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“Splendid and engrossing … a love letter to that singular intersection of artistic innovation, cultural legacy, community pride, and family-sustaining (or -straining) commerce known as the restaurant.” —Village Voice

Guests in Attendance: Vancouver’s top restauranteurs
After the screening on Monday, April 28th, join us for an informal panel discussion with some of Vancouver’s top restauranteurs to talk about cooking as a vocation, their feelings about high end and casual dining, the demands and rewards of putting food on the table as a way of life. We’re also inviting these chefs to bring along a sample of their wares. Proceeds from the meal voucher will be donated to a charity of their choice. Panelists include:

 

Buy Food Voucher

Your $25 Tasting Voucher purchases one food from each chef's station: Hawksworth's, the Irish Heather, Maenam, Beacoup Bakery, and Burdock & Co (tbc). All proceeds go to charities nominated by the chefs. Each voucher also comes with a free movie ticket for Vancity Theatre, to be redeemed by the end of July (value: $11).