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.
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Sunday 1:30pm


helping to make santa cruz into an edible oasis.
Friday, June 10th, 2011 — Sergio Castro, "El Andalón" (The Healer)

Hullo, FitHies and NeWbies,

Thanks to everyone who helped us raise $180 for Rights Action at the last event, and thanks for all the kind birthday and TED talk wishes. This week we have a really special Food in the Hood. We only have seating for 30 people and 18 seats are already booked, so get your reservation in pronto!

On Friday, June 10th at 5:00, we'll be showing El Andalon, which won the Santa Cruz Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Short Documentary. It's a beautiful and heartwarming presentation of Sergio Castro. He grew up as an orphan in Chiapas but has become a godfather to 80 children through his work in healing, building schools, and using his many languages to foster understanding. The respect and humor with which he treats patients in his free clinic/museum is genuine and endearing.

El Andalón (The Healer) Documentary Trailer
Consuelo Alba and John Speyer

Consuelo Alba and John Speyer, the film's directors, will show their film, which has won nine awards and counting on the Film Festival circuit. All funds raised by FitH will go directly to Sergio for medical supplies to continue his humanitarian work.

We also have a guest chef, the fearless voyager Betsy McNair. Her My Mexico tours have brought people from around the world to Sergio's museum, where he displays the indigenous clothing that's been given to him and explains the diverse cultures of Chiapas. It was through her tours that Consuelo and John discovered Sergio.

Visit the Web Site

Her tours also include regular visits to Diana Kennedy, the Julia Child of Mexico. Her colorful cookbook, Mexicocina, is subtitled "The spirit and style of the Mexican kitchen." Betsy herself is full of both spirit and style. This menu of hers was featured in Bon Appetit magazine.

Visit the Web Site

On to the menu!

On to the food for Friday, June 10th at 5pm

  • Hibiscus Margaritas or Hibiscus Cooler (no alcohol)
    Hibiscus Margarita



  • Mixed Greens with Roasted Beets, Avocado, Cara Cara Oranges, Queso Fresco
    Mixed Greens with Roasted Beets, Avocado, Cara Cara Oranges, Queso Fresco


  • Pork Tenderloin with Orange Chipotle Sauce
    Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
    Sauteed Spring Vegetable Medley


  • Mexican Brownies with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
    Mexican Brownies with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP.


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