UPDATE: A more detailed appreciation of Christina Choi, written by Susan Gilmore and Nancy Leson, is online at the Seattle Times. It’s worth reading.
Services for Christina Choi will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2702 Broadway Ave. E.
Christina Choi, an Eastlake native who went on to run a popular local restaurant and a business dedicated to foraged food, has died. She was 34.
Choi died Wednesday of complications from surgery for a brain aneurysm.
This afternoon, her family posted about her last day on the blog they’ve been writing about her surgery, Honey From a Weed:
Christina was the light of our family. Right now we don’t really know how we are going to survive this, but we know you all with be with us. Thank you thank you for the words of support and love that you continue to send us.
More details on her illness can be found there and you can also leave comments for her family.
Choi was a co-founder of Foraged and Found Edibles, which supplied everything from wild mushrooms to ferns to local restaurants. She tapped in to that experience when she opened Nettletown in the old Sitka & Spruce location at Eastlake and Lynn in February 2010. She closed the restaurant in August of this year to pursue other ventures.
Choi lived in Eastlake, the neighborhood where she grew up. Her father, Ted Choi, a longtime Eastlake resident and activist, died last year.
Nancy Leson, the Seattle Times’ All You Can Eat blogger, has a post up about Choi’s passing with comments from fellow chefs.
Please feel free to post your thoughts about Christina and messages to her family in this post’s comment field.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Quotes and a link have been added.