Vendy Winner Targeted By Cops, Evan Kleiman Saving the Day

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Angeli Caffe Photo: Hadley Tomicki

If L.A. food has a guardian angel, there's no question it must be Angeli Caffe-owner and Good Food host Evan Kleiman. Midtown Lunch reveals that she's currently leaping to the defense of Nina Garcia, the former Breed Street quesadilla vendor who won--by a clear mile we hear-- first place at the Vendy Awards. Following her victory, Garcia has been hassled by LAPD, who insist the sidewalk sizzler either gets in a truck that will cost her thousands or go bye-bye. Superwoman Kleiman is stepping in with Erin Glenn of Asociación de Loncheros to throw a benefit brunch this Sunday at Angeli that will not only further Garcia's move to a truck, but hopefully create a micro-finance fund to resolve vendor issues that hinge on a certain amount of money. Want to help?

The benefit brunch is being held at Angeli Caffe, 7274 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood this Sunday, June 20th. from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Donations for Nina Garcia can also be sent to Nina's Food c/o Carl Berquist, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, 2533 West 3rd. Street Suite 101, Los Angeles CA. 90057. More details are available on Good Food's blog.

Good Food To Throw Benefit For Ninas Food After Vendy Award Brings Negative Attention via Eater