About Queen’s Table

Chef & Owner Bonita Lao

Queen’s Table has evolved from startup beginnings, and my deep desire to cook delicious food. I grew up in the countryside, a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the red volcanic soil is rich, and the green rolling hills were grazed by cattle. 

I am a first generation Chinese American, raised in my family’s restaurant, where I fell in love with food. My favorite things to eat were Rice, Roasted Duck, and Black Bean Shrimp. I pursued culinary arts and graduated from California Culinary Academy and spent a majority of my career working in high-end kitchens in San Francisco, Australia, Honolulu, and Italy. 

Ultimately I craved working in a place that was way more casual and approachable, and something that would have a connection to my heritage. I have been fortunate to have given the opportunity to work alongside with some of the most talented chefs, always pushing the boundaries of great cuisine. When I started my journey 10 years ago as a private chef, my approach was to keep things simple, thoughtful and well prepared. My pathway has not changed, but to continue to share all my experiences/stories through foods and bring people together. 

Today, Queen’s Table carries out my own personal mission in a fun and creative way, connecting the dots of Hawaii’s dynamic ethnic culture through sauces. 

Farm to Table  Ingredients

“If there is a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” 
– Thomas Keller
 

 

To celebrate food is to celebrate the work of small farmers and producers. Though it may be cheaper to use factory-farmed ingredients shipped from all over the world, the cost to our health and our Island’s ecosystem is real.

Because farming responsibly comes with many challenges, cooking seasonally and supporting local farmers is foundational to our mission and they make what we do possible. Here are some of the local producers we support:

Hirabara Farms

Kamuela, HI

Hawaii Dairy Goat Cheese

Honokaa, HI

 

Adaptations Farms

Kealakekua, HI

WOW Farms

Waimea, HI

Kona Kampachi

Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Beef Producers

Waimea, HI

 

Hirabara Farms

Kamuela, HI

Hawaii Dairy Goat Cheese

Honokaa, HI

Adaptations Farms

Kealakekua, HI

 

Hawaii Beef Producers

Waimea, HI

Kona Kampachi

Kailua-Kona, HI

WOW Farms

Waimea, HI

Looking for a nourishing meal on-the-go?

We do that too, over at our sister company, Laulima Food Patch. Our mission is to inspire healthier communities and connect people to natural foods by serving farm-to-table bowls, bentos, and sandwiches!