Plenty of food-loving couples in the Bay Area spend their free time exploring new restaurants and taking long romantic walks at the local farmers’ market. But Ray Gonzales and Jacqueline Gleason, an Oakland couple with a shared passion for food, decided that they wanted to take their mutual spare-time activity to the next level: Earlier this fall Gonzales and Gleason launched a new biweekly podcast, Real Food Real Talk, which they produce out of a small studio they’ve set up in their home.
The two have day jobs in the food world, too — Gonzales works for Revolution Foods, an Oakland-based provider of healthy school meals; Gleason interns for the Oakland Food Policy Council while she pursues her Master of Public Policy, with a focus on food justice. And so it’s no surprise that the podcast has a food justice bent, though Gleason stressed that they take an extremely broad, inclusive approach to the topic: “Food justice can be any kind of healthy food business.”
Gonzales added that they’re interested in telling the stories of all the people who are doing interesting things in the Bay Area food scene — everyone from restaurateurs to amateur homesteaders to food entrepreneurs who have launched a new product. Each segment tends to be short, snappy, and very upbeat.
Gonzales used to produce a sports podcast, which helps explain the solid production values on Real Food Real Talk. “But I like food more than I like sports,” he said.
Full disclosure: I’m a featured guest in the podcast’s second episode, “Waste Not, Want Not,” wherein I read excerpts from my reviews of two new, inexpensive Oakland restaurants that I love — Lucky Three Seven and Tian Jin Dumplings. The episode also features interviews with Matt Teichmann, founder of San Franola Granola, and Dana Frasz, the executive director of the food-waste reduction organization FoodShift.