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.
Saturday, February 25, 2012 — Avaaz

Hello FitHies

We gave $140 from our last FitH to the Alliance for Kurdish Rights through Mideast Youth. Our Food in the Hood on Saturday, February 25th @ 6:00 will support Avaaz whose petition "We Are All Syrians Now" can be found here.

Visit the Avaaz web site

This week's dishes are from the stylish cookbook Simply Organic written by Jesse Ziff Cool of CoolEatz. She runs the Cool Cafes at Stanford and Menlo Business Park, and the Flea Street Cafe. My favorite cookbooks, like this one, have big, juicy photos and organize their recipes by season.

Visit the Cool Eatz web site

On to the menu! for Saturday, February 25 at 6:00

These are their "Deep Winter" selections, even though it sure doesn't feel like it here in Santa Cruz:
Please RSVP if you're coming!

Friday, January 28 2012 — Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Saturday FitH with film!

Thank you to everyone who helped our Friends of the Congo fundraiser raise $80. It was a small and intimate gathering, but some guests said that the pseudo-Thanksgiving feast was the best yet. Next year you'll know not to miss the holidaze after-party.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

We have a special treat this Saturday at 6:30. Carlos Magana is opening his beautiful Swift Street studio to host our Food in the Hood. AND he's employing his state-of-the-art four-projector system to show our film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John. This classic of the sustainability movement follows the free-spirited and passionate John Peterson from 1996 to 2004 as he works to bring organic farming to the heart of the Midwest. It's alternately heartbreaking and inspiring, but ends - spoiler alert! - on a successful note.

London Syrian Embassy 11 March 2011

I developed my menu to show off fresh, local meats and vegetables, but like Farmer John, it developed an exotic flair of its own - sweet and spicy. To match it I looked for a cause around the region of Turkey and couldn't miss the plight of the Kurds.  This site has a 2012 petition to President Obama regarding a December 28th bombing by US-supplied planes in which 35 people, including 19 teenagers, were killed. Kani Xulam, an articulate defender of Kurdish rights, has written the petition.

Democracy Now Exclusive: US Journalist Deported
from Turkey After Reporting on Plight of Kurds

In 2010 Democracy Now interviewed a US journalist who was deported for writing about Turkey's attacks on the Kurdish people. The focus of our charitable contribution, or should I say sovereignty solidarity, will be the Alliance for Kurdish Rights. Their short video gives the situation in a 56-second nutshell.

Stand Up for Kurdish Rights

On to the menu! for Saturday, January 28 at 6:30

  • Jicama, Radish and Avocado Salad
    Check out this beautiful food blog, picture and plate, from whence the photo cometh.
    Jicama, Radish and Avocado Salad
  • Marinated Mushrooms with Lemon and Oregano
    This photo came with this similar recipe from Tastespotting.
    Marinated Mushrooms with Lemon and Oregano
  • Lentils, Fennel and Olives with Feta and Herbs
    The Intolerant Gourmet loaned us this luscious pile of lentils and tidbits.
    Lentils, Fennel and Olives with Feta and Herbs
  • Warm Pitas Stuffed with Turkish Lamb Patties in Tomato Sauce and Cumin-Coriander Yogurt
    Photo via Katy Elliot's blog and recipe from Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall's River Cottage Every Day.
    Warm Pitas Stuffed with Turkish Lamb Patties in Tomato Sauce and Cumin-Coriander Yogurt
  • Honey and Rose Water Tapioca from Heidi Swanson
    Photo and recipe thanks to Turntable Kitchen.
    Honey and Rose Water Tapioca
  • Double-Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
    A Blithe Palate has caught this tasty cupful of crunch.
    Double-Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

Please RSVP if you're coming!

Friday, January 13 2012 — Friends of the Congo

Let me be the FirtHt to wish you a happy FitH for 2012,

Welcome to a new Food in the Hood year! Rather than resolutions, my new tradition is to list what we've accomplished in the past twelve months. An accomplishment for one is an accomplishment for the whole family. When I look back at the 20 menus and causes in my 2011 folder, I'm proud as punch to have instigated the gatherings of so many great minds and warm hearts. But it isn't my accomplishment alone, it's the doing of all of the generous and supportive people in my extended FitHy family. You've showered me with gifts of food, wine, tablecloths, tables, mixers, serving bowls, seeds, flowers, and most of all, friendship.

This week we'll be supporting the Friends of the Congo. This is from our friends at the Institute for Policy Studies:

Visit the Institute for Policy Studies Web Site Tuesday, January 17, 2012 is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba by the United States and Belgium, in cahoots with select Congolese elites. Congolese people and friends of the Congo throughout the globe commemorate Lumumba's assassination each year to bring attention to the Congolese people's pursuit of freedom and liberation in the heart of Africa. Patrice Lumumba Since the assassination of Lumumba, the foreign multi-national corporations of the 1% profit from the plundering of the Congo's abundant mineral resources and are complicit in the super-exploitation of Congolese labor. They are also the underlying engine of the violent conflict in the country. Visit the Africa Faith & Justice Network Website Congolese women have occupied the U.S. Embassy in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, demanding that the United States cease its support of strongmen in Congo and Africa. This year's commemoration is particularly special because the November 28th elections resulted in the stealing of the vote and the voices of the Congolese people. Visit the Washington Peace Center Website Congolese throughout the globe have risen up to reclaim the stolen will and voices of the Congolese people. Friends of the Congo, Institute for Policy Studies' Foreign Policy In Focus Project, Africa Faith and Justice Network, Congo Global Action, Washington Peace Center and others are rallying in solidarity with Congolese in their pursuit to reclaim the stolen voices and advance democracy and self-determination in the heart of Africa.

With our donation we'll be requesting a copy of the film "Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth" to show at our next Girl Up meeting. It can be downloaded for free here.

And here's the menu for Friday, January 13 starting at 6:30

Please RSVP if you're coming!


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