by Luke Tsai
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.”