About

DallasChocolate.org was started in June of 2009, with the goal of promoting artisan chocolate in Dallas. Founder Sander Wolf wanted to educate budding foodies about the complex processes and hand-crafted skill that result in a refined chocolate experience. In addition to sharing local and global chocolate news, and sampling whenever we can, DallasChocolate.org hosts its signature event, The Dallas Chocolate Festival, every autumn.

What started in 2009 as a simple event featuring two bean-to-bar chocolate makers has exploded into one of the “must do” events for Dallas foodies. Featuring chocolate samples from industry innovators the world over, the event now features dozens of chocolatiers and chocolate makers, demonstrations, and even workshops.

DallasChocolate.org is dedicated to promoting local chocolate artisans and continually educating chocolate lovers about the dynamic, innovative, and delicious world of artisan chocolate.

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Our Team

Sander Wolf
Founder of DallasChocolate.org

The whole idea for the Dallas Chocolate Festival came about when Sander Wolf became interested in bean to bar chocolate and wanted to share his adventure with friends and foodies alike.  Since 2009 Sander has made it his mission to educate people about the artistry and craftsmanship involved in making quality chocolate products.

His work has taken him to food and chocolate shows around the country and into more chocolate shops than he can count.  He’s poured his knowledge into the Dallas Chocolate Festival: bringing together the finest craftsman in the industry, local folks just starting out, and chocolate enthusiasts from across North Texas.

Emily Mantooth
Dallas Chocolate Festival, Director

Emily first worked with the Dallas Chocolate Festival in 2014 and has been eating a daily dose of chocolate since.  While the flavors and creativity of the products are what drew her in (who doesn’t love chocolate?), it was the people that made her fall in love with the idea of showcasing artisan chocolate products.

Emily partnered with Sander to organize the festival starting in 2016, and spends her time trying to make sure the festival is the best experience for exhibitors, attendees and everyone in between.  Her favorite parts are when artisans collaborate, culinary students get real-life experience, and the uninitiated try REEEAAALLLLY good chocolate for the first time.

Adrienne Newman
Madame Cocoa, Mistress of Ceremonies

Madame Cocoa is a fixture at the Dallas Chocolate Festival.  As Mistress of Ceremonies, Adrienne makes sure to enlighten the festival attendees with the stories of the exhibitors.  Whether she’s moderating a round table of local chefs, doing an interview with internationally recognized chocolate makers, or conducting a chocolate tasting workshop, Adrienne is sharing the great stories of people who spend their lives working in chocolate.

Adrienne is passionate about artisan chocolate and it shows. She teaches chocolate classes, is on the panel of esteemed judges for the International Chocolate Awards in New York, gives chocolate tours in her hometown of Austin (as well as across Europe), and has an encyclopedic knowledge of chocolate.