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, October 29th, 2010 — Bring four powerful speakers on tour in the US

We've been MitHing the FitHing while we were on the East Coast,

but we sure had a good time! A good time was also had at our last potluck. Thanks again to Chinshu for letting us use her backyard and wood-fired stove for the pizzas. A big thank-you also to David Wright, fearless leader of our local Red Cross. He provided an excellent start to our neighborhood conversation on the challenge of the next earthquake.

The scenario we imagined was one month without water, sanitation, food, or power. Many good questions were raised, like "What happens with the 17,000 students at the university?" and "Should grocery stores ration sales or not?" People were going to research different things - a water-purifier straw, a water cone, porta-potties from hospice , or food-share 'insurance' with farmers - and continue the discussion at future FitHs. The Red Cross is looking for a neighborhood to be the model for an organized readiness plan. I think Walnut Avenue could be a candidate!

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Red Cross hosts sustainable skills workshop

"....The workshop is part of a countywide preparedness campaign to provide residents with the skills, tools and supplies needed to survive a large-scale disaster.

The process of organizing a neighborhood to be able to grow and store its own food, purify and store water, generate electricity and create emergency sanitation systems can cost about $5,000, according to Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter CEO David Wright. With 91,000 homes in the county, the Red Cross estimates its needs 91 resiliency programs at the cost of $455,000.

"Preparedness is a part of the Red Cross mission," David Wright said. "The idea is to get people to make a plan, get a kit and stay informed, but you can't skip that first step."....

Read about the workshop in the article, posted 08/28/2010

We also brought our Oaxaca donations up to $200.

This week we'd like to help Witness for Peace bring four powerful speakers on tour in the US:

For a mere $1000 each, these brave and outspoken leaders will be able to reach over 6000 listeners. For our participants, showers are expected for Friday, so we may be trying out our new Farmer's Market canopy.

And here's the food: for Friday October 29th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • Mesclun Salad with Flowers, Fennel, and Pomegranate
    Dressed for excess with garlic-mustard and olive oil.
    Mesclun Salad
  • Pumpkin Wheat Berry Bread
    Another Gardner classic that really starts that holiday feeling.

    Pumpkin Wheat Berry Bread
  • Roasted Chicken with Early Bird Rub, Saffron Onions, and Date Relish
    This uses our beautiful pasture-raised Early Bird chickens, which Veronica and I helped to process in Kevin and Shae Lynn's top-notch operation. Frozen or fresh chickens are also available to purchase. This recipe is adapted from Sundays at Lucques.
    Roast Chicken
  • Garnet Yams with Pear-Cinnamon Maple Syrup and Streusel
    Okay, you caught me slipping in a second desserts under the guise of a side dish. If you put the whipped cream on this too, I won't tell.
    Garnet Yams
  • Pear-Banana-Hazelnut Crumble
    From the Orangette blog, this is a rich and buttery, knobby, golden crust over barely sweet, wintery fruit.
    Pear Crumble

Please RSVP if you think you might come!


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