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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Wide World Partners

high school students raising awareness and funds for global causes.


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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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helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, January 14th, 2011 — Guatemala Reforestation

Dear FitHarians,

Welcome to a new Food in the Hood year! In 2010 we collectively gave $9000 to global charities, as seen in the six-month report below. This brings our total, in the 18 months since we started this gig, to $11,500. That's a lotta moola!

Summer 2010
 16-JulNew Forests Project$250
 23-JulAlive & Kicking$200
 6-AugNicaraguan Friendship Office$450
 13-AugIVAW/ Bradley Manning$150
 27-AugAvaaz/ Pakistan$180
 27-AugIRC/ Pakistan$520
 10-SepKen Kimes Foundation$350
 17-SepDoor Step School$150
Fall 2010
 Oct 1 & 10Grassroots International$200
 29-OctWitness for Peace$150
 12-NovPartners in Health/Haiti$250
 19-NovSandblast/Western Sahara$200
 3-DecRights Action/Honduras$100
GitHDec 10 & 17City of Joy$250
GitH Friendship Office of the Am$300
  Summer/Fall Total$4,000
  2010 Total$9,000
  FitH Total 18 months$11,500

As some of you have noticed, though, we're behind on our bookkeeping, meaning that I'm good at throwing parties and writing checks, but bad at writing the letters to go with them. I apologize that some of your checks haven't yet been sent, and are falling into a new tax year. If anyone would like to volunteer to do this function for me, it would be a tremendous help and would get the money to these causes in better time.

All that it would require is developing a form letter that tells the recipient what we're doing and directs them to the link for their specific event. Then I make copies of the checks (without the signatures or routing numbers showing) and put them in a binder, and send them off. This doesn't sound like much, does it? So why am I so behind in doing it? Well, we all have our Achilles heel and I'm dangling by mine.

In 2010 we also introduced Goods in the Hood, which we look forward to doing more of in the coming year. It only took me three years to get the inventory and paperwork done to start that! At this rate we'll be inching towards world peace in no time.

This week we'll be raising money for Guatemala through Rights Action, since our New Year's event was more of a get-together than fundraiser. Here are the details from last year. Since John Sears is going there at the end of February, maybe we can get him to check up on it for us:


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Since this particular project was initiated, approximately 157,150 trees covering 164 hectares have been planted; another 72,000 trees covering 61 hectares are expected to be planted in 2011.

  • August 2009 Plantations from 2009 nurseries - 55,000 trees / 56 hectares [already reported]
  • May 2010 Plantations from nurseries established in 2009 - 31,650 trees / 48 hectares
  • August 2010 Plantations from nurseries established in 2010 - 70,500 trees / 60 hectares
  • Projected May 2011 Plantations from nurseries established in 2010 - 18,000 trees / 15 hectares
  • Projected September 2011 Plantations from 2010 nurseries - 54,000 trees / 46 hectares

In 2009-10, this project benefitted 6 communities in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan (sharing two nurseries), 2 communities in Rabinal (one nursery per community), and two communities in Aguacatan (one nursery per community).

The website article has an excellent historical background of how colonialism affected deforestation and forced migration to the "agricultural frontier." It's useful for understanding a much wider scope than just Guatemala.

On to the food! This is a vegetarian menu, since I've been slighting my vegetarian FitHy friends lately. Everything will be ready to go at 5:00, so you can come and get food to go or eat here.

  • Mesclun Salad with Butter-Toasted Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette with Pan-Fried Goat Cheese
    This is from Lauren Groveman's Kitchen in the Larchmont Gazette.
    Mesclun Salad with Butter-Toasted Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette with Pan-Fried Goat Cheese
  • Mushroom Ragu and Spinach-Bechamel Baked Pasta
    The recipe and photo is of gnocchi, but you get the idea. It's from a site called The Kitchen Illiterate, which looks interesting, but all my recipes this week are from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.
    Mushroom Ragu and Spinach-Bechamel Baked Pasta
  • Broccoli with Garlic and Hot Pepper
    Here's a recipe for lemon broccoli rabe from the food network – no relation to ours.
    Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Hot Pepper
  • Tarte Tatin
    Thanks to John and Betty for these green apples that we sliced and froze just for this occasion. For truth in advertising, we chose the least perfect-looking of the available photos. This will help our New Year's Resolution to get rid of all of our Teflon saute pans and replace them with cast iron or steel.
    Tarte Tatin

Please RSVP and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


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