On February 4, the day they were scheduled to talk about the possibility of reforming the city’s mobile food vendor regulations, 43rd Ward alderman Vi Daley kept Phillip Foss waiting at the entrance of her office for about an hour.

It wasn’t that she wasn’t interested in the chef’s proposal to vitalize the city’s street-food scene. But when Foss arrived she was making frantic phone calls to the city’s health department, trying to stop inspectors from destroying thousands of dollars worth of fruit puree at West Town’s Kitchen Chicago. Some of the shared commercial kitchen’s clients—including Flora Lazar of Flora’s Confections, who’d made the puree—sell their products at the Green City Market, which is in Daley’s ward.