A Matter of Taste

In 2000, chef Paul Liebrandt was awarded 3 stars by the New York Times – at 24 he was the youngest to receive such acclaim. Post September 11th, however, no one was interested in such hyper-modern dishes as “espuma of calf brains and foie gras” and “eel,violets and chocolate.” A rare insight into the cutthroat world of haute cuisine, “A Matter of Taste” charts Paul’s struggles over the next decade both in and out of the kitchen as he tries to make his way back to the top. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just 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.