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, November 12th, 2010 — Partners in Health for Haiti

We've moved inside and to a later time for the winter!

Don't bother to knock, just come on in and join us, or get some grub to go. At the last FitHs we raised $150 for Witness for Peace to bring speakers from Colombia, Oaxaca, Nicaragua, and Honduras on a US tour. Speaking of which, both Harriet and Betty have reminded me that this weekend is a sale of Zapotec handwoven rugs from Oaxaca, along with a multicultural presentation:

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This week we'll be raising funds for Partners in Health in Haiti, who seem to be most proactive Partners In Health about the cholera outbreak. I've read that the Red Cross has only disbursed 1/3rd of the $400 million they collected in Haiti aid. Charity Navigator gives charities higher ratings for keeping a years-worth of operating expenses in the bank - as I explain in my Third Paradigm show on AIDS. So I'm feeling good about our Haiti choices, who, like Dorothy Day, do the work and figure out how they're going to pay for it later.

On to the menu! for Friday November 12th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Limoncello Cocktail
    It's finally autumn- and the limoncello is ripe! I owe a couple of you pints for your donations of lemons w-a-a-a-y back in August, but it's November now so come collect. And the rest of you can join me for cocktails and be envious. It's de-lish!
  • Deviled Eggs with Curried Crabmeat Ravigote
    Thanks to Tina for this excellent gift of two crabs! One good gift deserves another, so we're passing some of the bounty on in these devilish crabby eggs.
  • Healthy Multi-Grain Bread
    Gardner's gearing up for his annual Thanksgiving push - pies, bread, and dinner rolls delivered all over the county "in one freakin' day!" His newsletter this month ends with: "Life is a very precious gift and we must all not only remember that, but try to reflect and put that into action every single day. Know love, show love & grow love! We are thankful to have connected with all of you in this life so we can all sustain and nourish each other the way we do. We wish you all lots of warmth as we go into the cold times. PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Bastardized Balthazar Salad with Haricot Verts, Shiitakes, and Lemon-Truffle Vinaigrette
    ...and maybe some fennel, radishes, manchego cheese, and avocado thrown in.
  • Tumeric and Cumin Red Snapper on Mashed Purple Potatoes
    This recipe is from Raji Cuisine: Indian Flavors, French Passion. The colors are what I can't resist - we'll see how it tastes. Some braised winter greens complete the palette.
  • Ginger Pear Upside-Down Cake
    "Deep brown with molasses, toasty, and moist, this is not Grandma’s gingerbread; Macrina’s rendition is laced with fresh ginger and topped with saucy cinnamon-sugar caramelized pears."
  • Margot's Sourdough Chocolate Cake
    I couldn't choose between these two, and then it occurred to me that they both went well with Straus Organic Vanilla-Bean Whipped Cream, Ice Cream, or both! Since they had a friend in common, I decided to do them both.

Please RSVP if you think you might come!


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