Something I Ate That Was Good: Beef N' Pickle Edition


Nina Garcia (the fabulous Mexican street-food chef—not the Project Runway judge) recently took home top prize at L.A.’s first-ever Vendy Awards with her flavor packed quesadillas, tortas, and unusual salsas. But a fancy title doesn’t make cooking on a couple of tables set up next to a griddle any easier. In our current state of food-truck overload, it’s easy to forget that these fancy kitchens-on-wheels are an expensive luxury—one that Nina hasn’t been able to afford in her 10-plus years of providing Angelenos (and drunk Angelenos) with powerful sustenance. 

What to do? Good Food host extraordinaire and Angeli Caffe chef/owner Evan Keliman has taken it upon herself to organize a benefit to get Nina a truck, and has teamed up with a group of do-gooders including Erin Glenn of Associación de Loncheros L.A. Familia Unida de California. From 11 to 3 this Sunday—yep, Father’s Day—stop by Angeli Caffe on Melrose to get a taste of Nina’s fine cooking and help her raise the necessary funds. Because really, all of us could benefit from Nina being more mobile—especially our stomachs. 

What kind of delicious treats will be on hand you ask? 

Menu for Nina’s Food Fundraiser

 PAMBAZO            $5
A roll soaked in Guajillo Chile Sauce filled with Potato and Chorizo and Griddled
QUESADILLAS OR GORDITAS GUISADAS  – Stuff in your Masa Goodness  $6.50
            +HUITLACOCHE  – Corn Fungus
            +FLOR DE CALABAZA – Zucchini Flowers
            +HONGOS – Mushrooms
            +TINGA – Spicy Chipotle Beef
BOWL OF POZOLE w/condiments   $5
NINA’S SALSA SECA  (to-go) $5
Combo of sesame seeds, peanuts, chile de arbol 
There will also be a selection of Beverages
Agua de Limon
Agua de Sandia
Soft Drinks/Ice Tea
A selection of Beers

*If you can’t make it and want to make any size donation please make your check out to Nina Garcia and send it to:

Nina’s Food

c/o Carl Berquist

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

2533 West 3rd Street, Suite 101 | Los Angeles, California 90057