Coffee Chats with Gaby Goldberg

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With spring comes blooming flowers, patio weather, and graduation season. Get ready for clips of inspirational speeches from your fave celebs, tears of joy as students submit final papers, and of course grad parties with all the food.

This week, we’re chatting with one of Stanford’s newest grads, Gaby Goldberg. Not only is Gaby an incredible friend, she is a powerhouse. Majoring in Symbolic Systems, transitioning from her role part-time investor to full time at Bessemer Venture Partners, and producing such thoughtful commentary on the startup world in the same 24 hours is just *chef’s kiss*. Fun fact: Gaby is also the reason that team Food Supply exists. She was the catalyst to this partnership aka she did a warm intro via the bird app aka Twitter. Thank you bestie!

In this interview, Gaby talks about her love of cheese toast, her random food obsession, and a bagel order that would make her Jewish ancestors proud.

Congratulations to all the new grads out there and best of luck in this new stage of life! Team Food Supply is rooting for you!

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Best food item you’ve purchased for $5?

Starting this chit chat off with a wild card, so trust me on this one: Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Pepper Jelly. I discovered it about a month ago and have probably been through three jars already. You can eat it with anything — please don’t cancel me for this, but I love dipping carrot sticks into it.

What is your go-to midnight snack?

I eat dinner early and don’t love the feeling of eating late at night, so midnight snacks are few and far between for me. Honestly, I’d probably have a piece of plain sourdough toast or something. What I do have every night is a cup of tea — usually Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea from Trader Joe’s. Am I a grandma? Probably. It’s fine.  (Editor’s note: No butter or nothing on the sourdough Gaby?)

Favourite childhood meal?

My mom would make cheese toast a lot, so I have a fond memory of eating that as a kid (even if it wasn’t necessarily my “favorite”). You also couldn’t go wrong with dinosaur egg oatmeal or Annie’s macaroni & cheese. But it’s funny how childhood memories can impact what gives you comfort as an adult — now, I often find myself eating some variation of “cheese toast” for dinner if I’m stressed out and can’t be bothered to cook.

What’s one thing you hated as a kid that you love as an adult?

Anything green — I love brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, arugula, etc. now, but wouldn’t come close to them as a kid.

Favourite restaurant in the last year?

One of my all-time favorite restaurants (this year and every year) is Bell’s in Los Alamos, a small town on the edge of the Santa Ynez Valley. It’s a family-run, French-inspired bistro and a true hidden gem.

Random food obsession?

I’m being vulnerable here by sharing this, but I’m actually obsessed with plain spaghetti squash. I cut it in half, coat each side in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then bake it cut-side down at 375 for 45 minutes. Literally, that's it. I won't go so far to say I like it more than real pasta... but it's close. During my peak spaghetti squash phase I was probably eating two to three squashes a week. No, I don't know what's wrong with me. (Editor’s note: I ask Gaby for this recipe once a month and it SLAPS!)

Favourite fast food jaunt?

I had Chik Fil A for the first time this year and I think it probably wins for me. Although you can’t go wrong with a vanilla cone from McDonald’s.

Also, if this counts as fast food, Freebird’s in Isla Vista (UCSB’s college town) is pretty insane. (Editor’s note: the more answers the better)

Five guests at your dream dinner party?

Ahh, this is the hardest question! Truly, I have the most fun being surrounded by my close friends and family, so I guess whichever five were the nicest to me that week would get the invite.

What’s the one food that everyone seems to like but you hate?

Lobster. How do you use the wrenches they give you to break it apart? So much work for so little reward. (Editor’s note: Agreed you should never have to work THAT hard for your food)

Show us the most recent food picture on your phone (#cameraeatsfirst)

Spent the past weekend apartment hunting in New York City… couldn’t leave without some truffle pasta from Bar Pitti. Too good.

What was the most adventurous meal you’ve ever had?

I ate pig kidneys with my dad on a farm in France. Do not recommend (but glad I tried it anyway).

What’s one food you’ve always wanted to try?

I’ve never had Ethiopian food and would love to try it! If anyone has recommendations for good spots in either LA or NYC, please send them my way.

Favourite beverage (non-alcoholic & alcoholic)

Non-alcoholic: my morning coffee. Cappuccino, or, if it’s summertime, a cold brew with milk and two Splenda.

Alcoholic: a heavy red wine. My dad got me into wine (read: he picks it out, I drink it with him and pretend to identify different tasting notes) and we both love the Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bagel store order du jour?

Everything bagel, cream cheese, lox, onions, capers, the works. Spoiler alert: I’m Jewish, and this feels like a loving nod towards my culture.

What are three snacks you’re sneaking into the movie theatre?

Buttered popcorn, M&Ms, and an offensively large cup of Diet Coke.

Best food memory?

My parents are both doctors, and they worked some crazy hours when I was a kid, so I had a live-in au pair who helped to raise my brothers and me. I specifically remember coming downstairs one Sunday morning and my mom was in the kitchen — it was a rare occasion to see her at home — and she had made ice cream sundaes for us. “Because it’s Sunday,” she said. A child’s (or, let’s be real, an adult’s) dream come true! To this day, it was one of the best Sunday mornings ever. And my mom is the best, and I love her very much. <3

Random-food related fact?

I have chickens in my backyard! They’re the only eggs my family eats at home. We get anywhere between 5-10 eggs on a daily basis but things slow down in the winter months. You can really taste the difference from store-bought ones!

Thanks to Gaby for such a great interview! Our hearts are full, our mouths are watering, and we’re dreaming of the day we can try some Casa Goldberg eggs. To keep up with Gaby and her thoughts on tech, be sure to give her a follow on Twitter!

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