Los Angeles

Help Evan Kleiman help Nina Garcia (of the famous quesadillas)

Evan Kleiman, whom many of you know from Good Food, Angeli Caffe, and as the founder of Slow Food Los Angeles (back in the day before Slow Food USA existed!), has put out a call to help her and the Loncheros Association help Nina Garcia, a local vendor, take her business to another, more secure level. As Evan notes on her blog,

“…The first bite of her Pambazo was like being hit in the face with a big punch of flavor followed by an incredibly comforting and satisfying textural surprise. … Her Quesadillas are justly famous, a pile of cheese on the griddle turning into Queso Fundido that’s scraped into a corn tortilla made to order and garnished with your choice of chicharron, zucchini flowers, huitlacoche etc. …

“So it turns out that like many things in life the win [at The Vendy Awards] for Nina has been sweet and sour. All the added attention just made life as a vendor on the streets of LA more difficult. She’s being rousted by the police several times a day.

“…For the last 10+ years she’s worked as many street vendors do, off a couple of tables set up next to a griddle. I started thinking that we get so much pleasure from these vendors who struggle everyday to give us a taste of their culture that’s now become a part of our culture. What if we did a benefit, not only to solve her problem but to take the excess we raise and create a revolving micro-finance fund to help resolve vendor issues that just need a little more money to break through a barrier.”

So that’s what Evan is doing, next Sunday, June 20th, at Angeli Caffe. For details, including how to contribute even if you can’t stop at Angeli next Sunday, visit Evan’s Good Food blog.