You may have heard the news that Robert Steinberg, founder of ScharffenBerger chocolate, passed away yesterday. David Lebovitz has written a beautiful and down-to-earth tribute and portrait of Robert, and I hope you'll have time to take moment to read it.
I met Robert Steinberg before ScharffenBerger made a public appearance over 10 years ago, and was lucky, or beleaguered enough, to spend a lot of time with him discussing, eating, arguing, cooking and baking with, fighting, enjoying, learning about chocolate and cacao.
I imagine I will write something about him as well because to this day I do not use one kind of cocoa over another without hearing his voice in my head.
I wish I could be in Northern California today to share my grief with those of you who knew Robert as I did. Until I return, please share my love and appreciation, from afar, with anyone whose life was touched by Robert Steinberg, American chocolate maker extraordinaire.