Eating Organic

What’s on Your Plate?

by Carolyn on August 18, 2015

What’s on Your Plate?     Laughing Phoenix Red Curry

An interesting question! Charlie Hong Kong cares about what’s on your plate. Our food is free from poisons/pesticides and GMO’s, sustainably grown and harvested, offered at affordable prices. Combining spices, herbs, daily made sauces, organic vegetables, free range chicken, antibiotic/hormone free meats, organic/sustainable salmon-using the elements of earth, water, sky, that nourish. Charlie Hong Kong believes, to eat healthy Real Food, is our birthright.

Our morning kitchen is a feast for all the senses; the sounds of chopping, the smells of aromas rising, the plethora of vibrant colors.  Bringing together the bounty of nature with the work and care of humans. Charlie Hong Kong takes this wild abundance and creates Spicy Dan, Pad Thai, Chow Mein, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle soup and much more.


Harvesting organic greens.

Charlie Hong Kong has deep respect and gratitude, to those responsible for this bounty: the many unseen faces, doing the difficult job of harvesting, the organic farmers, packers, truckers, cooks, restaurant staff, all vital for the food we serve you.

“What’s on my plate?”, think about Charlie Hong Kong.

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Honoring Field Workers

by Carolyn on May 6, 2014

Farm Worker's Luncheon
Farm Worker’s Luncheon
Inspired by my gratitude for the courage of organic farmers and by my long commitment to the  organic movement, I offer a blessing at the beginning of shared meals. Whether with family, friends, holiday meals or special occasions, I take a few moments, to speak this gratitude out loud in the presence of shared company.  It goes something like this.



Before we enjoy this beautiful food, prepared carefully and lovingly for us, I would like to acknowledge the others who are at this table with us.  The many people along the way who touched this food before it arrived on our plate.  In particular, I want to acknowledge the unseen faces of the men and women doing the difficult job in the fields harvesting our produce.  I go onto to mention the organic farmers, the packers, truckers and the chain of many hands responsible for the food in front of us.

Daily produce arrives at Charlie Hong Kong. Daily between 400 to 500 pounds of produce is chopped and prepared. It has always been the commitment of Charlie Hong Kong to serve an abundance of organic greens in our Signature Bowls, as well as offering, our Vegetable Medley.  Since organic chard is a big part of our vegetable mix, honoring the field workers who harvest this chard, seemed like the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day this year. When I proposed the idea to Lakeside Organics, there was an enthusiastic, YES.  Since 2009, Charlie Hong Kong, has purchase over 5000 boxes of chard from Lakeside.  That’s an unimaginable amount of work done in the fields to make sure greens were available to nourish our customers.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, did an excellent piece of journalism, covering the event.  It was a pleasure, and a joy to witness the happiness on the faces of the men, as they came up from the fields to be greeted by a specially prepared lunch just for them, using the very greens they harvested.

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Does Seasonal Organic Produce Matter?

December 13, 2011

I’m having this inner debate about my commitment to serving locally grown-in season-organic produce.  Recently we offered a special, Spicy Green Beans, made from locally grown organic BlueLake green beans.  The beans retained their snap and the sauce was just the right amount of spice and savory.  The season has ended and so has the […]

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