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 17th, 2010 — Door Step Schools, India

You don't leave us FitHing for compliments...

and you don't let a good farmer down. Last week we raised $350 to help Ken Kimes with his medical bills. Except for Haiti and Pakistan, that's the highest total ever in one week. I'm sure that Ken would be fine with coming in behind Haiti and Pakistan. I plan to keep the money until his October 1st fundraiser from 6 – 10 at the Pacific Cultural Center. Fattah and Mohamed of Aza will be playing traditional Berber music. Just to warn you, your money may be bid in the silent auction, to which Avanti and Bittersweet Café have contributed. Ken has friends in delicious places.

For the first time this week, I didn't have a cause that was clamoring for my attention. And so, I had the fun of going out to look for one. I was cooking Indian food, thanks to a recipe that was given to me by Anna Camaron of Ladysmith Jams, along with lots of cauliflower. So I went to one of my favorite websites, This is an all-volunteer network that posts daily stories, videos, and conversations about everyday acts of kindness. In Berkeley they operate the Karma Kitchen, distribute Smile cards, and deliver free technical help to NGO's. This is one of their KarmaTube videos:

Amitabha Sadangi, an uncommon hero tackling poverty in India

The nonprofit we've chosen is from their South Asia portal, ProPoor. It's called Door Step School and it's a group of educators who go wherever the children of Mumbai are – in vacant buses, on pavements, in construction sites, or parking lots.

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Unlike the irrigation project, Door Step has a US partner through whom tax-deductible donations can be sent. You can learn more at their own website. Checks can be made out to the Maharashtra Foundation.

Aand the food... for Friday September 17th from 4:00 – 6:00

  • It's Soup Season these days, at least until lunchtime
    Thanks to Anna's lessons in canning, we have a variety of canned soups to go, some vegetarian, some not. We also have a delicious vanilla-bean applesauce, perfect for recreating last week's offering with the crunchy meringue cap. Quantities are limited, so come check it out!
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  • Anna's Membrillo and Manchego Cheese with Gardner's Oatmeal Molasses Bread
    Membrillo is a fancy name for quince jam. We've gotten so sophisticated at FitH with our wine and dine among my weeds! But for the loaves you take home, it's P-B & J time with this tried-and-true favorite.
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  • Chicken with Coconut Milk, Lemongrass, and Ginger
    This and the following rice dish are from Raji Cuisine: Indian Flavors, French Passion. I think this translates to lots of spices and fussy presentations – one out of two ain't bad!
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  • Spiced Basmati Rice with Golden Raisins, Apricots, and Pine Nuts
    Christopher has given me a bag of pine cones (to add to the bag of green apples, bag of red apples, box of broccoli, and box of cauliflower from you FitH fHans.) He also instructed me on how to roast them, extract the seeds, and peel them. But chances are, we'll be using our store-bought ones, which are seeming cheaper all the time.
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  • Grandmother's Cauliflower with Cheese (Cheese Vali Gobi)
    Thanks again to Anna, this is from Climbing the Mango Tree: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey.
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  • Cardamom Crème Brulee
    Ah, to have six hens a-layin' (or seven, if you count the one jealously guarding her nest and GROWLING at anyone who comes near. It makes me sad that we don't have roosters anymore.) If anyone can help me rig up a light on a timer, to fool them when the days are short, we can continue to have crème brulee all winter.
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  • Almond-Flavored Meringues with Anisette-Espresso Chocolate Sauce
    The perfect complement to use up all those egg whites.
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Let me know if you're coming to see my new breadbasket and chafing dish. I feel so professional!


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