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 September 9th, 2011 — Friendship Office of the Americas

Frisky FitH Friday is here!

Thanks to everyone who make our Edible Garden Walkabout such a success! I can't remember a FitH that was easier or more enjoyable than strolling around our neighborhood and peeking into all the secret gardens. What a surprise to see all the food going on, from tomato hedges on Otis to trellised figs on Rigg to pear orchards on Van Ness. We'll definitely do this again next year but maybe in mid-July when it's busting out all over.

Art by Jen Norton

We also raised $120 for the Santa Cruz Grows Seed Library. Here are some of the lovely photos of Jen Norton's art work. You can see it now in its new home at the Museum of Art and History, or ogle it at the Reskilling Expo there on September 24th where I'll be introducing the Six Levels of Preparedness for Earthquakes (SLoPE).

Art by Jen Norton

This past week I caught up on sending past donation checks, which reminded me who I haven't supported lately. The media flashlight has moved on from Honduras but they continue to push back against a harsh and repressive government set up by the coup regime. My friends Tom Louden and his wife Jenny Atlee are maintaining a constant international accompaniment to discourage and document violence. Tom is part of a Commission of Truth that has been the targets of threats and intimidation.

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Now that ex-President Zelaya is back in the country, the US has rushed to declare Honduras "Open for Business" and to court multinational companies and predatory investors. Ignoring 87 members of Congress who called on Obama to suspend aid, $40 million more has been given to the Honduran military. This week I would like to support the Friendship Office of the Americas to expand the accompaniments that buffer the impunity the military operates under, and to provide trauma healing to those for whom it came too late.

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On a more cheerful note, the recipes are again from Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin and dinner is at 6:30.

On to the menu! for Friday September 9th at 6:30

  • Summer Fig and Plum Salad with Arugula and Marcona Almonds
    I found the photo and recipe at a site called Kitchen Fiddler: Recipes and Tales of Culinary Time-Travel from a Food-Loving Violinist. This post is called Figs and Sweet Cheeks on the Roof. Sweet Cheeks seems to be a she says.
    Summer Fig and Plum Salad with Arugula and Marcona Almonds
  • Apples and Asian Pears with Radicchio, Mint and Buttermilk Dressing
    From that old fav' Smitten Kitchen.
    pples and Asian Pears with Radicchio, Mint and Buttermilk Dressing
  • Roasted Beet Salad with Fried Chickpeas, Olives, and Goat Cheese
    And this recipe is from Bread and Jam for Frances which is just too cute, also featuring knitting and Frances modeling a cap with fiddlehead earmuffs.
    Roasted Beet Salad with Fried Chickpeas, Olives, and Goat Cheese
  • Moroccan Charmoula Fish with Eggplant and Peppers
    I found the recipe on a very boring pictureless site called Eat Your Books, but I found a picture of charmoula fish at a site called Lawyer Loves Lunch.
    Moroccan Charmoula Fish with Eggplant and Peppers
  • Cornmeal and Millet Shortcakes with Peaches and Soured Mascarpone
    The millet is from my current favorite muffin recipe from Heidi Swanson. But I found the photo and the mascarpone twist at Paquin Eats: Soup, Spills and More
    Cornmeal and Millet Shortcakes with Peaches and Soured Mascarpone

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