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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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, October 1st, 2010 — Mixe Peoples' Services, Oaxaca

These days we're FitHing and FrotHing at the mouth with this heat...

It's hard to think about cooking when it's 103°. Don't they know that Santa Cruzans wilt above 85°? But last FitH, we raised $150 for the Door Step School, and that keeps me coming back for more. This Friday, we'll be bringing the $350 we raised for Ken Kimes to his fundraiser right after Food in the Hood. If you'd like to eat here and go together, we have plenty of room and could pay the $25 admission for 10 more people besides Veronica and myself. Let's make it a party!

This past week we attended a collaborative event between Transition SC and the Red Cross. They're working together to help neighborhoods with long-term earthquake resilience. There was a surprising amount of synergy, since the Red Cross is focusing on growing food, identifying water sources, finding alternative energy, and dealing with sanitation.

For next week, we won't be having a Friday FitH. Instead, my next door neighbors - Chinshu, Randall, and Melie – have offered their backyard for a potluck on Sunday, October 10th from 5 to 8. So I'd like to focus discussion on how we could build up our own neighborhood interdependence for emergencies. We were already the envy of the Transition group – no one else has weekly dinners. I think that we could be a model for how to do earthquakes right! At the same time, we'll benefit victims of current climate-induced disasters. So save the date.

This week, I'd like to help Oaxaca dig out of their mudslides through Grassroots International, who writes:

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The hillsides of Oaxaca literally slipped into mud and slid through community villages nearby. Among those affected by the deluge are Grassroots International partners: Mixe Peoples' Services; Center to Support the Popular Movement in Oaxaca; and Oaxaca State Coffee Producers Network. The full extent of the damage is yet unknown, but already we can see a clear need to fund recovery efforts."

Rainfall continues as the remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew pound this impoverished southwestern state of Mexico. The New York Times estimates that as many as 300 houses in the village of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, in northern Oaxaca, may have been buried in the landslide, and that as many as 1,000 people are missing. In addition to the immediate threats to lives and homes, the rains have also washed away women's vegetable gardens and polluted precious water reserves.

Emails from our partners and allies in Oaxaca indicate the urgency of the situation. Hugo Aguilar, director of Mixe Peoples' Services, wrote to us:

"Due to the extensive damage, we are making an urgent call to each one of you. We need your invaluable support to mitigate the impact of this catastrophe on Mixe families. We need support for: food, bedsheets, tents, electrical generators and financial support to help provide first aid services and rebuild roads and bridges that are washed away."

Grassroots International is committed to supporting our partners as they recover from the floods. Please contribute to the Oaxaca Mudslide Fund to help small farmers and indigenous communities rebuild once the floods subside. Fully 100 percent of these emergency funds will go to rebuilding and recovery efforts.

On Democracy Now, David Riker, a filmmaker based in Oaxaca, gave a moving interview about the resiliency and community reforestation efforts of the indigenous community. These are good efforts that can make a little money go a long way.

So let's see the food: for Friday Octobar 1st from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Gordon's Cup
    Thirst things first – we need a cocktail to deal with this heat! The concoction we came up with is a Gordon's Cup – cucumber, lime, simple syrup, and gin with a spritz.
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  • Tomato Bruschetta on Gardner's Cracked Wheat-Flax Seed Sourdough Garlic Bread
    This uses black zebra plum tomatoes from our garden along with our hand-pounded Genovese basil pesto. Gardner's excellent bread is also available by the half-loaf.
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  • Crunchy Fennel and Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese
    Who needs a recipe? We just want mouth-watering fresh greens.
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  • Chinese Sesame Noodle Salad with Ratatouille
    To really mix metaphors, I'll be making this with spaghetti noodles – with the approval of my Orangette blog. This is topped with my signature carmelized onion ratatouille, for what they call "drawn-out days and noodle nights."
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  • French-style Yogurt Cake with Strawberries
    This is topped with more strawberries from Ronald the crazy Dutchman, with whipped cream and ice cream. Somehow, I got on the topic of palindromes with Ronald's assistant, who quoted the one about "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama." Are all farmer's markets this literary, do you think?
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