• Winner Good Times- Gold-“Meal for a Deal” fifteen years running
  • Winner Santa Cruz Sentinel-People’s Choice Award Best Small Bites and Best Vegetarian
  • Santa Cruz restaurant Charlie Hong Kong honored as environmental leader by Save Our Shores

Save Our Shores Business Of The Year 2011

(Excerpt from the Santa Cruz Sentinel) SANTA CRUZ — The quirky Asian street food bistro on Soquel Avenue doesn’t have a single plastic bag on site.

If you order one of Charlie Hong Kong’s signature rice bowls with locally grown vegetables or wild salmon to go, you’re offered a recyclable cloth bag for $1.50 or just the paper box with the hot food.

Charlie Hong Kong owners Carolyn and Darryl “Rudy” Rudolph dumped plastic bags in May as a way to stay true to their belief that eating organic food and reducing ocean pollution “just go together.”

The restaurant has also discontinued selling water in plastic bottles because not enough people are willing to recycle the plastic, Carolyn Rudolph said.

They also use only compostable utensils.

The 13-year-old restaurant’s new practices have earned it the Business of the Year award from Save Our Shores, an ocean advocacy nonprofit in Santa Cruz.

“We are so honored because who we are is in accordance with the ocean,” Carolyn Rudolph said. “It’s been an adjustment, but our customers have been great. We’ve all gotten used to it.”

Read the full article here: “Business of the Year” 2011 Save Our Shores, for discontinuing the use of plastic bags and plastic water bottles

Santa Cruz’s Charlie Hong Kong’s Asian cuisine earns Ultimate Golden Carrot Award

(Excerpt from the Santa Cruz Sentinel) SANTA CRUZ – Imagine if your physician told you: Go to Charlie Hong Kong and learn how to cook healthy food.

It actually happens, according to Darryl “Rudy” Rudolph, 61, co-owner of the Eastside restaurant, who counts his dermatologist and his chiropractor among the patrons.

“We’re committed to offering healthy food at reasonable prices,” said his wife Carolyn, 66, co-owner of the restaurant.

“Carolyn’s been a food health nut since our kids were very young,” her husband said.

That goes a long way toward explaining why the Go for Health! collaborative gave the Charlie Hong Kong owners the “Ultimate Golden Carrot Award” Thursday afternoon for their menu of healthy food choices.

Their son Sam, 34, who left an acting gig to be the restaurant’s assistant manager, donned a carrot costume with a crown for the occasion.

“It’s 24 carrots,” he said with a grin.

“They go above and beyond,” said county environmental health services chief Robert Kennedy, a member of the Go for Health collaborative, which was formed to tackle the growing problem of childhood obesity.

This is the third year local restaurants have been recognized for healthy menu items. A total of 26 earned commendations, a number Kennedy hopes will grow.

Read the full article here: “The Ultimate Golden Carrot” Go For Health! Collaborative-The healthiest Restaurant in Santa Cruz County