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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Are you Local to
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, March 11, 2011 — Global Fund for Women

FitHing for compliments is easy in this neighborhood...

and so is FitHing for donations, like the $170 we raised at the last dinner for the Korea Policy Insitute and the $100 we raised before that for ANERA in Palestine.

This week, for the 100th Anniversary of Women's Day, we'll be donating to the Global Fund for Women. "Thousands of events are being held worldwide to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. A handful of European countries first marked the day in 1911 following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The United Nations has recognized March 8th as International Women's Day since 1975. Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women joins us to discuss the history of International Women's Day, the most pressing issues women face today, and the connection between women's rights and the fight for workers' rights in Wisconsin."
Their president, Kavita Ramdas, spoke on Democracy Now about how women's rights are workers' rights.

They're a magnificent organization. I've been part of their sustainer circle for years, but now I'm putting all of my donations through Food in the Hood so I can support our local community along the way.

The Food (and decorations which we'll be serving INSIDE from 6 to 8, also available to go, for Friday, March 11th

  • Lilac branches!
    It's time to harvest the fatted lilac bush. For one week out of the year we have a bounty of purple lilac. Pick up your centerpiece along with dinner.
    lilac branches
  • Split Pea Soup with Herbed Greens (vegetarian version) or
    Potage de Guisantes Barcelona (Spanish Split Pea with ham and tomatoes)

    This recipe calls for wheatberries but my version used the excellent whole-grain brown rice from our Farmer's Market, Massa Organics.
  • Gardner Mystery Bread
    Although I now know that we'll be serving Healthy Multigrain Bread, while looking for a generic bread photo I did discover National Whatever Day. This month includes If Pets Had Thumbs Day (3rd), Middle Name Pride Day (10th), Everything You Think is Wrong Day (15th), and Extraterrestrial Abduction Day (20th).
    Gardner Mystery Bread
  • Escarole Salad with Parmesan, Avocado, Sunchokes, and Almonds
    What could be better than one good salad recipe? Two good salad recipes combined.

    Escarole Salad with Parmesan, Avocado, Sunchokes, and Almonds
  • Alice Waters' Beef Stew over Noodles
    My recipe comes from The Art of Simple Food but the photo is from Home of the House Proud, which sponsors World Ironing Championships. My daughters have rediscovered the art of pressing clothes - I'll gladly hand over the gold (and the iron).
  • Apple-Blueberry Crumble Pie
    Who can resist a site called Butter Cream Barbie, designed by a 20-something accountant by day, baker by night? Her layout colors are also luscious and would look great as nail polish.

Please RSVP if you're coming to pick food up or eat here, and I'll book your reservation!


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