This post is dedicted to the Memory of Dr. Steven E. Gradwohl, or as I knew him, "Stevie G."
This weekend I was in Vegas. That's where I got the call. Stevie G is dead. While the english language is a mighty tool, words alone will never adequately describe grief. I was gutted. I was in no condition to hit the Vegas Strip. But there I was.
It’s relevant to know that I have a passion for historic neon signs. To get some space and collect my thoughts I went out to the Neon Boneyard, a two-acre site owned and operated by an organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. It was a perfect respite.
While I wandered the dessert that afternoon I spent a lot of energy processing my thoughts about Stevie G. It struck me that while many folks will remember Steve as a doctor, a proud Field Hockey father, a runner, a cast member in multiple Burns Park plays…I know Steve as a foodie. In fact, Steve’s had a significant role in many A2GastroBoy articles.
- Steve was the first friend to get home delivery for freshly roasted [Mighty Good] Coffee. It was Steve who would encourage me to try it, inspiring my piece on Coffee. [LINK]
- When I wrote about steak, it was because of a weekend with Steve. The lead photo is of a meal he and I cooked together. [LINK]
- It was Steve who taught me one of the best Daddy meals known to man, “Hot Dog on a Stick.” I detailed it in my piece about Hot Dogs in April 2012. [LINK]
- And perhaps my favorite Stevie G food memories came last fall on a trip to Dallas. Eight of us had dinner at Nobu – the chef’s tasting menu and many bottles of wine. It was an epic meal. Now, you need to appreciate that Steve was a frugal man. And while Steve ate well, he would never treat himself to meals this extravagant. When the bill came he was absolutely taken aback. It was so out of character for his financial sensibilities that he kept a copy of the check as souvenir. This is the same man who often reminded me, “when the money’s tight the Rock is right.” Referring of course to his willingness to drink Rolling Rock Beer.
I will miss you Stevie G. The world is a better place because of you. I am humbled and honored to call you my friend. This slide show is for you.