It’s Also Hard to Make Money Spinning Plates

If you’ve worked in a restaurant before, you know the crazy mechanics that go down in the kitchen that keep the whole place running. It’s an apparatus hidden from the customers (even chefs in an open kitchen try not to let the crowd see them sweat), but even fewer people know what the actual running of the restaurant involves. Director Joseph Levy’s documentary Spinning Plates takes a look behind that curtain, following the people at three restaurants: a tiny, struggling Mexican joint in Tucson, a country diner café in Iowa and the Michelin-rated Alinea, which features ingredients like frozen olive oil drops and essence of pine needle. The documentary will be playing through Sunday at the Magnolia Theater in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for members. Friday showtimes are at 6 and 8 p.m. For tickets and more information visit
Fri., Dec. 27, 6 & 8 p.m., 2013