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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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, February 25th, 2011 — Korea Policy Institute

To my card-carrying Foodies in the Hoodies,

Hurray for Egypt! If you would like to see the faces of some of the brave men and even women who gave their lives for Egypt's rebirth, go to

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"The Facebook Revolution," however, can be two-faced. Facebook gives repressive regimes all the information they need to trace and crack down on activists. This petition tells Facebook to Unfriend the Dictators.

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This week we'll be benefiting the Korea Policy Institute to help oppose the KORUS Free Trade Agreement. Christine Ahn of KPI wrote an excellent article, which appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus this week. It tells how it will displace 880,000 good-paying US jobs over seven years while undermining South Korea's agriculture, their near-universal healthcare, and their food safety standards. In addition to summarizing the dangers of the KORUS FTA, it's a good primer on how FTAs work.

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Congress is home for the week. Sam Farr and Diane Feinstein voted for the last FTA with Peru, while Barbara Boxer voted against it. If you read my FPIF article you know that President Garcia hasn't implemented the labor, environmental, and human rights protections that Congress voted for, and yet the FTA stands.

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We're urging Congress to finish one FTA before they start another. If you'd like to call Sam Farr's office this week, the number is 429-1976.

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This Food in the Hood will be indoors since rain is predicted. You can pick-up food to go or stay and eat here starting at 5:00 until 7:00 or whenever we run out.

Let's get to the food! for Friday, February 25th from 5-7pm or whenever we run out

  • Bacon-Wrapped Salmon and Asparagus
    The gluten-free site where I found this, called Food Renegade, wanted to name them "Little Bites of Awesomeness" but said that didn't scan well into search engines. This uses the bacon from our Full Moon Pig, salmon from H&H, and asparagus from Gonzales, CA.
  • Applesauce Spelt Bread from Gardner
    Applesauce Bread
  • Roasted Ham Slices from our Full Moon Pig smoked by Freedom Meats
    Roasted Ham Slices
  • Garam Masala Roasted Potatoes
    The byline of the Tigers and Strawberries food blog is "Cook Local, Eat Global." She made these for her traditional Fourth of July that always consists of food from elsewhere "in recognition that our country was founded by immigrants, and in support of my belief that what makes America strong and great is the diversity of cultures which call this country home."
  • Cream-Braised Cabbage (multiply the size of the brussel sprouts by 20)
    Although the Orangette blog gives the brussel sprout recipe, her book A Homemade Life, makes it with cabbage. When I make it for dinner, it's the first thing my kids eat.

    Cream-Braised Cabbage

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

  • Hoosier Pie
    I couldn't resist the Chicago bakery sign. Although my recipe is from A Homemade Life, I found a blog that used the same one, as illustrated by their photo. Thank you to Lick The Bowl Good for the photo and link.

Extras for Saturday Breakfast:

  • Tea-Poached Prunes with Orange and Cardamom
    Don't dis 'em if you haven't tried 'em! We'll have pint jars of these to, let me rephrase that.
    Tea-Poached Prunes with Orange and Cardamom
  • Date-Pecan or Candied Ginger-Lemon Scones
    Slightly under-baked, these are available to take and finish baking moments before popping them into your mouth.
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Please RSVP if you're coming and let me know what you'd like. See you there!


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