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.

UniverseCity

enabling the great reskilling through affordable small classes.

The Parent Network

how to raise giving kids in a taking world.

RetroMetro

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.
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Sunday 1:30pm

GrowFoodPartyCrew

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 wine...so 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

Please RSVP if you're coming!
Tereza

Sunday August 28th, 2011 — Santa Cruz Grows Seed Lending Library

Edible Garden Walkabout for the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood

Welcome, FitHies, to the FirsT annual Edible Garden Walkabout for the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood! We'll be starting at my house on Walnut Avenue at 9:00 am Sunday August 28th and going down Cleveland and up Otis, getting a peek behind all those intriguing wooden fences. Then we'll travel down Van Ness to Mission and view the Batish garden, home of world-famous sitar-playing fingers plus a green thumb. Click on the link to hear for yourself!
Visit Batish.com Ashwin Batish

Our music school activities include teaching instrumental and vocal music of North India. Intruments taught include the Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Dilruba, Dholak, Violin, and Vichitra Veena, tanpura (tambura).

A special East-West fusion class including a raga jazz, raga rock workshop will be held and students with adequate instrumental skills are invited to sit in and participate.

Then we'll go up Laurel and across Rigg, coming back to my house by 11:00 for a casual brunch. Donations from the brunch will benefit the Santa Cruz Grows Seed Lending Library. This is one of three seed libraries being established in Santa Cruz. Founder Bonnie Linden writes:

Our mission has been to create a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by offering seeds and education. We imagine that the no-strings gift of garden seeds will encourage urban food production.

The Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honored tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing.

The Santa Cruz Grows Seed Library will be inaugurated at the Reskilling Expo, which is on September 25th from 10-4 at the Museum of Art and History

The brunch recipes are from my current favorite cookbook: Super Natural Every Day. Heidi Swanson has convinced my family that exotic whole grains and natural sweeteners are far from boring.

Heidi's book: Super Natural Every Day

Her excellent blog 101 Cookbooks is worth subscribing to, for the photos and links if not for recipes like the Buttermilk Lillet Milkshake we'll be sipping at the brunch. Check out the links to the recipes below - they go to adorable sites like lemonyzest, The Flour Sack, dizzy swallows, and smitten kitchen – all of whom are fans of Heidi. I love food blogs!

On to the food for Sunday August 28th at 11:00 am


RSVP and let me know if you're coming!
Tereza

Friday, August 12th 2011 — Maharshtra Foundation – Door Step Schools

Bringing Education to Children Everywhere

Last summer we did a fundraiser for the Door Step School in Mumbai, India.

They operate a "school on wheels" which goes to marginalized and transient worker communities, bringing portable libraries and classrooms. Through a postal service mistake, our check for $150 came back in the mail. I'm taking this as a sign that we should send it back with more. So this week, as we send Veronica off to college, we'd like to bring education to other children. Checks can be written to the Maharshtra Foundation, with Door Step Schools written on the memo line.

Another successful model of bringing education and equality to pavement-dwelling children in Calcutta is demonstrated in this story of an Irish nun named Sister Cyril.

We haven't done an all-vegetarian meal for while, so all of our items this week are from Deborah Madison's Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets, except for the blackberry-raspberry sherbet, which is courtesy of Lindsey Johnson at Cafe Johnsonia.

How can we resist when the markets are bursting with perfect, lush fruits and inviting, delectable veggies?

On to the food for Friday, August 12th at 4:00


RSVP and let me know if you're coming!
Tereza

Sunday, July 10th, 2011 — Cuba Caravan

Food in the Hood ROCKS!

I think it must be magic. Not only did we meet Betsy's goal of raising $1000 for Sergio Castro – known as El Andalon in Chiapas – but we surpassed it and raised a perfectly even $1100. Way to go!

It's now been two years that we've officially been doing Food in the Hood. Our semi-annual report is below:

Food in the Hood Donations
Winter 2011
14-Jan-11 Rights Action $100
28-Jan Grassroots International $200
11-Feb ANERA $100
25-Feb Korea Policy Institute $170
11-Mar Global Fund for Women $100
Spring 2011
1-Apr Aristide Foundation $200
15-Apr Institute for Justice & Peace in Haiti $80
29-Apr Office of the Americas $80
13-May Rights Action $180
10-Jun El Andalon in Chiapas $873
24-Jun El Andalon in Chiapas $227
Winter/Spring $2,310
FitH Year 2 Total $6,310
FitH so far Total $13,810
Sunday, July 10th at 4:00 we'll be benefiting the 22nd annual Caravan for Cuba. This is an ecumenical group that, for over two decades, has been breaking the immoral travel ban imposed against Cuba. Betty and John Devalcourt are partnering with us in this cause that's been close to their hearts for many years.

See Cuba for Yourself and Challenge the US Blockade!

Visit the web site
http://www.ifconews.org/node/948

There was a time when challenging the blockade was a more risky and dangerous endeavor. The flotilla to Palestine is reminiscent of that time. Our best wishes are with the brave emissaries of peace on The Audacity of Hope, carrying their precious cargo of letters.

Helping to serve our dinner will be the Girls Up middle-school group that meets here weekly to discuss global issues. They've been watching films about Cuba. We might coax them to say a word or two on what's struck them the most. You'll know the servers by their frilly aprons.

After the dinner we'll watch some film clips on Cuba. Then we'll be joined by the caravanistas for Q & A over dessert. With luck we'll also get a glimpse of the newly-painted bus that our donations will be fueling for the long journey.

On to the menu for Sunday the 10th at 4:00

  • Mojitos
    No Cuban dinner party would be complete without one. Or two! At the last FitH I told Betsy that this wasn't really a drinking crowd. But you guys made a liar out of me – you went home and brought back your own tequila when we ran out. This time I'm ready. I bought the industrial-size power blender and the Costco party–size rum. And you're still within walking distance.
    Mojito
  • Cuban Green Salad with Avocadoes
    The recipe can be found here.
    Cuban Green Salad with Avacados
  • Cuban Corn and Shrimp Gumbo with Goat's Milk
    This is an Arkansas-Cajun-Cuban special topped with some Mexican cotija.
    The recipe can be found here.

    Cuban Corn and Shrimp Gumbo with Goat's Milk
  • Coconut Rice with Confetti Peppers and Black Beans
    This is a vegetarian specialty of Betty and John's using multicolored peppers and Cuban black beans.
    Coconut Rice with Confetti Peppers and Black Beans
  • Cuban Pork Shoulder Roasted in Mojo Sauce ala Betsy McNair
    Bruce Aidell's Complete Book of Pork has a North African rub that's so good I have to make it for you. But I was also smitten with Betsy's pork tenderloin sauce, so I'm recreating it as the glaze.
    The recipe can be found here.

    Cuban Pork Shoulder Roasted in Mojo Sauce ala Betsy McNair
  • Mango Shortcake Hearts with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and Sesame Brittle
    The recipe can be found here.
    Mango Shortcake Hearts with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and Sesame Brittle

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP.
Tereza

Friday, June 24th, 2011 — Sergio Castro, "El Andalón" (The Healer)

FitHies, my FitHies, lend me your ears

Thank you for our most successful Food in the Hood ever! We raised $873 for Sergio Castro's humanitarian aid in Chiapas.

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Betsy McNair, our chef extraordinaire, has the number $1000 singing in her head. While we're waiting for fiscal sponsorship so the donation can be tax-deductible, we'll be donating this Friday's gleanings along with all bread and goat milk profits to Sergio's cause. We'll get there yet!

On to the food for Friday the 24th at 7:00

  • Raspberry Basil Collins
    Bombay Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Fresh Lemon, Raspberry, Basil, and Soda
    Raspberry Basil Collins
  • Milk Mama Goat Cheese ala Kim and Daniella on Gayle's Crostini
    This beautiful cheese is drenched in Kalamata olives and indecent amounts of garlic slow-sauteed in olive oil. Daniella guarantees that you will fall at my feet, not to mention order Mali and Dustin's excellent goat cheese yourself so you can devour this in the privacy of your own home - it's that incendiary.
    Milk Mama Goat Cheese
  • Mixed Greens Salad with Pomegranates and Marconi Almonds
    Mixed Greens Salad with Pomegranates and Marconi Almonds
  • Braised Lamb Shank in Goat's Milk with Fennel and Onion
    Braised Lamb Shank in Goat's Milk with Fennel and Onion
  • Roasted Quinoa Pilaf with Garlic and Kale
    from Gluten-Free Bay
    Roasted Quinoa Pilaf with Garlic and Kale
  • Mequite Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Mequite Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Amaranth Shortbread
    Amaranth Shortbrea

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP.
Tereza

 

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