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Review: 'Spinning Plates' Serves Up Three Dishes On The Changing Face Of Dining Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 6:02 PM
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What it means to dine out has changed profoundly over the last few decades. This week The New York Times reported on the closure of Hilltop Steak House, a western-themed restaurant just outside of Boston, which had been open since 1961. It perfectly reflects the sort of post-war ideal of what the restaurant was at the time, a roadside destination, offering big servings of hearty food that people recognized. If you wanted a big sirloin steak, this place offered it and then some. But in an era of organic, artisinal, tasting menus, farm-to-table, rustic and other adjectives which describe the micro-genres of eating options available to the casual diner, something like Hilltop Steak House is positively antiquated. Restaurants these days seem to have to mean something more than just the food they're serving, and in Joseph Levy's "Spinning Plates," he serves up a trio of stories that illustrate the varied face of eating out.

Exclusive: Food And Life Meet In Unexpected Ways In Clips From Award-Winning Documentary 'Spinning Plates'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 10:04 AM
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While shows like "Top Chef" bring viewers into a world where chefs are already performing at a high level and looking to get to the next important step in their careers, for many cooks around the country, preparing a mouth-watering meal for Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi is far from the reality they face. And the upcoming documentary "Spinning Plates" serves up a different version of what chefs around the country at all levels are facing.

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