Happy Anniversary, Evan Kleiman. Or, more accurately, Happy Anniversary Agneli Caffé, which opened its Melrose Avenue doors 25 years ago today.
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The chef, cookbook author and host of KCRW's Good Food is profiled in today's L.A. Times' food section cover story (check out the photo of Kleiman in a giant stock pot). Now that Kleiman has stopped baking pies for her months' long Pie-a-day project, she'll be making latkes, pot roast and suganiyot (jelly donuts) for a Hannuka Dinner on December 17th; and sardines with fried Meyer lemon and oregano for a Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 22nd. And look for specials to celebrate the anniversary in January. Kleiman opened Angeli with "just 24 seats, a single door refrigerator and no hot food." A quarter century later, she's got a great deal of hot food, a pretty sweet restaurant--and a whole community to go with it.
Angeli Caffé: 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 936-9086.