Full Frame: Spinning Plates Cinema 4

Film runs from 8:10-10:10. Line forms 30 mins prior to the show.

“Every restaurant exists to entertain people,” says Nick Kokonas, a partner in Chicago’s upscale Alinea. “No one needs to eat out. Why do you go to a restaurant? To be entertained. To enjoy yourself. To celebrate.” Director Joseph Levy explores three restaurants that offer dining experiences that resonate beyond the simple act of being fed. At Alinea, the experience is an artful performance by chef Grant Achatz and his staff. In Balltown, Iowa, Breitbach’s Country Dining regularly serves more people than live in the town; it’s a community center as well as a tourist destination. In Tucson, Arizona, Francisco Martinez opens La Cocina de Gabby so everyone can enjoy his wife’s cooking “because she cooks like an angel.” These three varied stories illuminate our associations with dining as family gathering, community expression, and performance art, or sometimes all three at once. AT

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

Join or login to comment.

  • Michelle S

    I made it there but didn't see anyone from the meet up group. I enjoyed the film though:). Hopefully we'll connect next time.

    April 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to have missed you. The host was a lttle late. Next time!

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful. I had heard on of the stories on Fresh Air, but it was nice to see the guy on screen. Foodies of every genre may wnat to see this sometime.

    April 5, 2013

  • Shawna

    This film is now sold out.

    April 2, 2013

4 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy