Food in the Hood is a biweekly neighborhood dinner to raise funds for global charities.

617 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, California
Click on the links below to view a slideshow from the fundraiser for:
El Andalon
Caravan for Cuba

Customers take whatever they want and donate whatever they want. All proceeds go to a different global charity each week. Ingredients are fair-trade and as local as possible, from the Farmer's Markets or backyards. Students from Santa Cruz High School sometimes help out, play ukuleles, or play with the baby chicks.
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Are you Local to
Food in the Hood?
We welcome donations of:

  • » Backyard produce
  • » Baked goods
  • » Homemade food
  • » Preserves
  • » Canning jars
  • » Plants & seeds
  • » Plant containers & flats
  • » Scraps for chickens / rabbits

FitH partners WitH:

Wide World Partners

high school students raising awareness and funds for global causes.


enabling the great reskilling through affordable small classes.

The Parent Network

how to raise giving kids in a taking world.


artisans and entrepreneurs making the practical beautiful and the beautiful practical

Transition Santa Cruz

a catalyst for relocalization

Slow Money Santa Cruz

an investor co-op for a return to small-scale agriculture & industry.

Third Paradigm

A radio thinktank about community sovereignty and regenerative economics.
FRSC 101.1 FM
Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, April 15th, 2011 — Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Food d'Hood du jour,

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At the SF Green Festival this weekend I seized my book-signing moment to talk with Amy Goodman. She'd already signed my books at the Capitola BookCafe and at the DC Green Festival, when I told her how Veronica and I listen to Democracy Now and cook for our neighborhood fundraiser. This time I had the chance to introduce her to Veronica. She was excited to hear that we'd raised $200 last week for the Aristede Foundation and that this week we'll be raising funds for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. They're at 93% of their $30,000 goal to prosecute Baby Doc Duvalier. We could be the last little bit they need!

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The Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire has featured Haiti in a song and talked about the IJDH's work to bring Duvalier to justice.

This week will be a sit-down dinner starting at 7:00 for the first 10 people who respond. I've found that it's been difficult to have food ready to-go and also keep it hot to serve in courses. So I'm simplifying by doing either a dinner party, like this one, or having a take-out dinner, as we'll be doing more in the summer when the weather's better.

On to the food, which is all from the cookbook Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin. You can see their current menu here and calculate how much you're saving from their $45 a person price tag - and all the while bringing down dictators!

Here's the details of the menu, for Friday, April 1st from 5–8pm

Please RSVP if you're coming!


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