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, January 28 2012 — Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Saturday FitH with film!

Thank you to everyone who helped our Friends of the Congo fundraiser raise $80. It was a small and intimate gathering, but some guests said that the pseudo-Thanksgiving feast was the best yet. Next year you'll know not to miss the holidaze after-party.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

We have a special treat this Saturday at 6:30. Carlos Magana is opening his beautiful Swift Street studio to host our Food in the Hood. AND he's employing his state-of-the-art four-projector system to show our film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John. This classic of the sustainability movement follows the free-spirited and passionate John Peterson from 1996 to 2004 as he works to bring organic farming to the heart of the Midwest. It's alternately heartbreaking and inspiring, but ends - spoiler alert! - on a successful note.

London Syrian Embassy 11 March 2011

I developed my menu to show off fresh, local meats and vegetables, but like Farmer John, it developed an exotic flair of its own - sweet and spicy. To match it I looked for a cause around the region of Turkey and couldn't miss the plight of the Kurds.  This site has a 2012 petition to President Obama regarding a December 28th bombing by US-supplied planes in which 35 people, including 19 teenagers, were killed. Kani Xulam, an articulate defender of Kurdish rights, has written the petition.

Democracy Now Exclusive: US Journalist Deported
from Turkey After Reporting on Plight of Kurds

In 2010 Democracy Now interviewed a US journalist who was deported for writing about Turkey's attacks on the Kurdish people. The focus of our charitable contribution, or should I say sovereignty solidarity, will be the Alliance for Kurdish Rights. Their short video gives the situation in a 56-second nutshell.

Stand Up for Kurdish Rights

On to the menu! for Saturday, January 28 at 6:30

  • Jicama, Radish and Avocado Salad
    Check out this beautiful food blog, picture and plate, from whence the photo cometh.
    Jicama, Radish and Avocado Salad
  • Marinated Mushrooms with Lemon and Oregano
    This photo came with this similar recipe from Tastespotting.
    Marinated Mushrooms with Lemon and Oregano
  • Lentils, Fennel and Olives with Feta and Herbs
    The Intolerant Gourmet loaned us this luscious pile of lentils and tidbits.
    Lentils, Fennel and Olives with Feta and Herbs
  • Warm Pitas Stuffed with Turkish Lamb Patties in Tomato Sauce and Cumin-Coriander Yogurt
    Photo via Katy Elliot's blog and recipe from Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall's River Cottage Every Day.
    Warm Pitas Stuffed with Turkish Lamb Patties in Tomato Sauce and Cumin-Coriander Yogurt
  • Honey and Rose Water Tapioca from Heidi Swanson
    Photo and recipe thanks to Turntable Kitchen.
    Honey and Rose Water Tapioca
  • Double-Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
    A Blithe Palate has caught this tasty cupful of crunch.
    Double-Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

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