Christina Choi, a culinary artist and former restaurant owner from Seattle, passed away on Wednesday after suffering complications from a brain aneurysm. She was the co-founder of Foraged & Found Edibles, which supplies local wild ingredients such as nettles, mushrooms, and berries.
A graduate of Seattle Central Community College’s culinary program, Choi was also the owner of Nettletown, a “casual, café restaurant,” which closed in late August.
The 34-year-old Chinese American was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm on Dec. 12. Throughout her diagnosis, Choi’s family kept a blog, “Honey from a Weed,” named after one of her favorite books. They documented her medical journey until the day she died. After Choi passed away, her family posted, “Today we lost our sister, our daughter, our best friend. We surrounded her with love, the way she surrounded us with love. She quickly and quietly slipped away.”
Many Seattle natives have mourned the passing of Choi, including Dave Sanford, who helped out at Nettletown and sought out Choi’s advice in preparing to open his own restaurant.
He said, “I think about her often when I’m in the kitchen, and I know I always will. Christina was an amazing woman. She came after life with a huge amount of gusto, and the only thing I can take away from this situation is that we should all do that. She would have wanted us to do that.”