When Stacy was growing up in Taipei, she would routinely compel her cats and stuffed animals to enjoy “treats” from “Stacy’s Kitchen.” Fast forward to university, where despite being a Political Science major, she spent her free time watching cooking shows and joining the baking club. Although her passion was for the culinary arts, she dutifully graduated and joined Taiwan’s renowned tech industry.
Stacy would leave Taiwan in 2012 to pursue her MBA in the US. Fatefully, far above Cayuga’s waters in upstate New York, she met Willy. Willy understood immediately Stacy’s penchant for making food (much to the benefit of his stomach) and, upon graduation and moving to the Bay Area, encouraged Stacy to pursue her passion. Not really knowing what they were getting themselves into at the time, they tied the knot in 2013 and Taiwan Bento opened in August 2014.
Suffice it to say, the journey has not been easy, but it’s also been rewarding beyond our imaginations. We are proud to be representing Taiwan and popularizing its cuisine in a city that itself has a unique culture and diverse character. Taiwan Bento is like a mini Oakland, with team members who mostly reside in Oakland but who are from all over the world. We have had team members from far away places such as Mongolia, Japan, China, Mexico, Salvador, Tanzania, and Trinidad & Tobago, to some who were born just a few miles away. We’re also proud to have always had a workforce that is greater than 50% women or non-binary individuals. We believe this amalgamation of cultures is what makes Oakland truly special, and the differences present an opportunity to learn and make everyday life fruitful and fun.
We love what we do, and we hope it shows. We’ve also been blessed by the help of many, many people along the way. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the Taiwan Bento story. <3