Eastlake native and restaurateur Christina Choi has died

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.

4 thoughts on “Eastlake native and restaurateur Christina Choi has died

  1. Daph

    According to her family’s blog, she was born in 1977, not 1974 as your photo caption indicates. And if she was 34, that would make more sense.

    I’m sure it’s not a big deal to anyone – but just wanted to call it out.

    Thoughts and prayers to all.

  2. jjmccoy

    This is really horrible news. I hadn’t heard about the diagnosis. What an awful thing to happen to such a young person. My partner and I did not know Christina well, but we thoroughly enjoyed our visits to her restuarant and the unique culinary persepctive she brought. We were so looking forward to seeing what her next adventure was going to be. Our hearts go out to the Choi family. She will be missed.

  3. Lan & Bernie Herrick

    Dear JoAn and family,
    We are so sorry about your loss. Christina will be missed by so many, because her life touched so many people. I will always remember having lunch with her at the Nettletown. She was so warm and welcoming to friends of her mom. Nothing we can say will even begin to help you at a time like this, but please remember you and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. I know your family will be a great comfort to you now, and their love and compassion will give you strength.
    Lan and Bernie

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