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Edible Monterey Bay’s April Supper Club

Celebrate Earth Day with Southeast Asian Street Food and a Very Special Farm Tour

charlie-hong-kong-storefrontParticipants will meet for a tour of UCSC’s Farm & Garden, at 3pm on Sunday, April 22, and experience a special tasting menu of earth-friendly and tasty, organic Southeast Asian street food dishes at 5pm at Charlie Hong Kong in Santa Cruz. Price for the event, including tour, dinner, tax and tip: $20. Charlie Hong Kong will donate $5 per participant to the Farm & Garden. Beer will be available for an additional charge. Only 30 tickets are available; click on the PayPal button below or on our home page to purchase.

Charlie Hong Kong founders Carolyn and Rudy Rudolph will host Edible Monterey Bay’s second Supper Club, an exciting Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 22.0

The event will begin at the Farm & Garden at University of California, Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems—one of the country’s most important and exciting sustainable agriculture and social justice research and teaching centers—where we’ll be given a private tour and will learn about the Center and issues like organic farming and food justice.

After the tour, we’ll decamp to Charlie Hong Kong, where the Rudolphs will throw a special Earth Day party for the 30 diners in the group. There, the Rudolphs will serve up a tasting signature-rice-bowlsmenu of several of the restaurant’s delectable and popular signature dishes, which include Gado Gado, Laughing Phoenix Red Curry, Chaing Mai Noodles, Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and salad wraps. (Many of the restaurants dishes are vegan; fish and meat are also served.)

The Rudolphs have run Charlie Hong Kong since 1998 and see serving fresh, seasonal, tasty and organic fast food as a mission. So the restaurant’s counter service will remain open to the general public for most of the day of the event, and will close only from 4:30 to 5:30pm.

“I consider it a health and wellness center,” says Carolyn Rudolph of Charlie Hong Kong. “That’s my secret agenda.”

Rudolf also says she’s thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day in this way.

“I am a total believer in marking occasions. We’re all so busy, and this is an opportunity to stop and look at this area that is so abundant and beautiful. We have this university that’s teaching people to be organic farmers from the bottom up,” Rudolph says. “For my husband and I, Charlie Hong Kong is so much bigger than just a business. This is our passion—we live on this gorgeous, gorgeous planet, and this is a way to show our gratitude.”wrap

This event is expected to sell out quickly. So if you’d like to attend, we encourage you to sign up as quickly as possible using the PayPal button below.

For more information, call 831-238-1217

Charlie Hong Kong • 1141 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz • 831.426.5664 • www.charliehongkong.com

NOTE TO ATTENDEES WHO HAVE REGISTERED THROUGH PAYPAL: Our meeting place at 3pm on Sunday will be the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food System’s Community Supported Agriculture barn, which is off Hagar drive. For directions, please email info@ediblemontereybay.com. Also please allow plenty of time to get there and park! You won’t want to miss the tour.

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SARAH WOOD—founding editor and publisher of Edible Monterey Bay—has had a life-long passion for food, cooking, people and our planet.

She planted her first organic garden and cared for her first chicken when she was in elementary school in a farming region of Upstate New York.

Wood spent the early part of her career based in Ottawa, Canada, working in international development and international education. After considering culinary school, she opted to pursue her loves for writing, learning about the world and helping make it a better place by obtaining a fellowship and an MA in Journalism from New York University.

While working for a daily newspaper in New Jersey, she wrote stories that helped farmers fend off development and won a state-wide public service award from the New Jersey Press Association for an investigative series of articles about a slumlord who had hoodwinked ratings agencies and investment banks into propping him up with some early commercial mortgage securitizations. The series led Wood to spend several years in financial journalism, most recently, as editor-in-chief of the leading magazine covering the U.S. hedge-fund industry.

Wood could not be happier to now be writing and editing articles about the Monterey Bay foodshed and the amazing people who help make it so vibrant and diverse. And, after spending much of her adult life gardening on fire escapes, she’s very glad to be planting in the ground again.

Wood lives with her husband, Rob Fisher, a fourth-generation Californian, and young daughter in Carmel Valley. Their favorite meal is a picnic dinner at Pt. Lobos State Reserve.

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