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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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.
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Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, December 3rd, 2010 — Honduran Farmers

FitH and ForThmost,

Thanks to everyone who made our last dinner party extra special! It was especially nice to get acquainted with Rusten and Donna of Cleveland Street. I met Rusten in the early days, when I was going door-to-door handing out bread and telling people about FitH. I took one look at his bumper stickers - something about organic or gleaning - and knew he was one of us. Little did I know that we'd get Donna as a package deal, who told great stories about the History of Consciousness and UFO's. This week Donna gave her final lecture and joins the illustrious company of retired professors in our neighborhood. C'mon - we've gotta be better set up to start a microversity than any other 'hood in the cruz.

We also donated 125 to the Sahrawi's Artist Fund through Sandblast Arts. I'll figure out what that is in dollars when I get the bill. The 2010 Running the Sahara participants have raised 20,000 so far to help build a recording studio to bring their stories and music to a global stage.

Visit the Sandblast Arts Web Site

This week we're going to do a low-key FitH with some soups, salad, bread, and strawberry cheesecake to go. We're in the chaos stage of rearranging the house so we can do the UniverseCity and FitH more easily. Also, Cassandra has the flu, so it's a good time to go back to the basics. If the weather's nice we'll be back outside at 4 until it's dark. But if it's raining, we'll be inside.

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Our cause this week is the families of six Honduran farmers killed in their fields and two others critically injured by security forces for a biofuel corporation called Dinant, trying to possess their land. This happened on the same day that the coup-installed President, Pepe Lobo, was meeting with the director of the US Millennium Challenge Fund to talk about investment in renewable energy - palm oil plantations and dams, which are a whole other story.

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Palm plantations are a leading cause of deforestation. The lands are taken from indigenous communities at gunpoint and sometimes given to the same paramilitaries, under the guise of "alternative income." As we know from WikiLeaks, the US has been aware that the military coup was illegal and unconstitutional. Yet the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank have given Lobo $30 million to fund biofuel production, at any cost. The World Wildlife Fund is urging a $27 trillion dollar biofuel market to be set up by taxpayer dollars funding US corporations in Lesser Developed Countries.

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Our little bit of soup money will go a long way for funeral costs, for solidarity, and to repair a farmer's face who was shot through the jaw. Cash or a direct donation to Rights Action will get there soonest. You can read more about the Aguans here.

On to the food! for Friday December 3rd from 4pm – dark

  • Broccolini, Potato, and Parsnip Curry–Cream Soup with Chicken
    Using a homemade chicken stock, this adds a Farmer's Market bounty, plus raisins and creme fraiche, and is described as "captivatingly exotic and spicy-sweet."
  • Cannelini Bean and Butternut Squash Chowder
    with or without Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

    Herbs, tomatoes, braising greens, and white mushrooms flavor this colorful and hearty chicken broth or vegetarian soup. I made a batch of great chicken broth I wanted to use, but will have a couple of quarts that are poultry-free.
  • Green Salad with Fuyu Persimmon, Pomegranate, Pears, and Spiced Walnuts
    Dressed with a garlic-mustard honey-balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with shaved Parmesan.
  • Jewish Sourdough Rye
    Gardner says he hasn't made a Jewish Rye for at least six years, and doesn't know why! The caraway seeds have a great warming effect that we can all use this time of year.
  • Cheesecake with Strawberry Jam Topping
    A classic - buttery graham-cracker crust, creamy-smooth filling, and a bright taste of summer on top.

RSVP if you'd like a soup reserved for you. Hope to see you there!


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