Friday, September 17, 2010

Remembering Robert

Sharing happy memories of Robert with you on this day,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Toast! March 4, 2010

A toast in gratitude
for a great friend
on his birthday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

from Angelina

this picture in on display at the gift shop at Scharffen Berger

I visited Robert's blog a week ago or so after it was featured as Blogger's Blog of the Week. I was touched by the various posts celebrating your friend's life, and I was actually moved to tears. I had almost forgotten about reading the blog when, just tonight, I saw a Scharffen Berger chocolate bar in the checkout line at Trader Joe's in downtown Washington, D.C. I figured I must try the chocolate bar I'd read about on the blog, and I'm certainly glad I did--what a delicious piece of chocolate.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

from Rennea

Renie Joie taped it with Jamie's camera (I think)
I added the subtitles in case the sound doesn't come out well.
Voilá Roberre, here is a song for you: Oye Roberto

from Theresa

Nancy Steinberg, Robert's sister, thanking all the volunteers and people who donated goods and services for the celebration

Hi Alice,

Yes, it was a wonderful event. I enjoyed hearing all the stories and reconnecting with old friends. I'm sorry I wasn't able to stay to help with the clean up! Here's a link to some of the photos I took. Please feel free to share.

Celebrate Robert

more from Susie

Here is a link to Susie's set of pictures
of Robert's Celebration on November 9th, 2008
Robert Steinberg Memorial

from Susie

This week Robert Steinberg, one of the forces behind ScharffenBerger Chocolate Maker, passed away after many years of fighting cancer.

I’m happy to have known this brilliant, passionate man who started as a doctor then dedicated his life to creating a high quality dark chocolate as well as educating the palates of many. I tell people Scharffen Berger was the first great American dark chocolate. (Remember when Special Dark was the only American dark chocolate?)

I remember the the thrill of first hearing about Scharffen Berger, in a long profile in the San Francisco Chronicle, when the company was in its original location.

copied by permission from Susie's blog

Then when volunteering for Transfair USA on Fair Trade chocolate, in 2001, we were giddy about being able to visit Robert at the new factory in Berkeley. I’d never met someone like Robert, with such fervor and deep scientific knowledge of cacao beans (back before the word “cacao” emblazoned the labels of every high end chocolate bar).

We learned the company was already paying its suppliers a price higher than required for Fair Trade certification. Their main concern was getting the best quality beans possible and educating more cacao growers on how to process their beans for quality.

Most memorably, he wanted us to truly understand the difference in chocolate flavor (mainly Fair Trade vs not). We held a chocolate taste test along with chocolate luminary Alice Medrich, attributed with introducing the chocolate truffle to America many years ago.

When I went to Paris, Robert gave me some bars to take the picture above (which now so au courant, with the Jeff Koonz show at Versailles.) After hearing he learned to make chocolate at Bernachon in France, I took a side trip through Lyon to see what Bernachon was all about. I decided I liked Scharffen Berger chocolate better.

Fair Trade chocolate has come a long way in just a few years, as has Scharffen Berger chocolate. Now you’ll find it in many stores thanks to their acquisition by Hershey. I imagine Robert was proud to have influenced the quality of Hershey as well as other large chocolate brands.

Knowing Robert has left this world is bittersweet but I’m sure he’s enjoying the great chocolate factory in the sky. Learn more about Robert on the Scharffen Berger website.

copied from Susie Wyshak's blog: