Richard Tango-Lowy, Owner & Master Chocolatier
I first encountered the True Soul of Chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years I have sought her subtle nuances, studied her moods, struggled to understand her complex temper. She is a most difficult mistress; coquettish and proud, quick to anger, open only to the most patient of overtures.
I’ve learned to prepare her in the ancient ways of the Maya and in the gleaming kitchens of the finest Parisian chocolatiers. I have studied her at ecole chocolat in Vancouver and at the prestigious Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in the Rhone Valley of France. I am proud to count among my friends some of the finest chocolatiers from Montreal to Melbourne to Guatemala.
Chocolate is my passion. I will never master her–who can master one so willful and tempestuous? But I will continue to woo her and to craft a small bit of her soul into each truffle and bonbon I create.
For chocolate is art. And as art she is magnificent.
Originally a physicist, Mr. Tango-Lowy has been working with chocolate since 1996. He graduated with honors from Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver, and has earned Master Chocolatier designations from Ecole Du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in Tain L’Hermitage, France and Ecole Chocolat’s Master Chocolatier course in Tuscany. He opened Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, New Hampshire in 2007. Mr. Tango-Lowy is currently on the faculty of Ecole Chocolat as the tutor for the new Chocolate Bootcamp course.
Samantha Downing, Chocolatier
As a dancer, photographer, and a martial artist, Samantha Downing is no stranger to creativity in all its forms. Whether it is hand-painting bonbons and bars or sculpting beautiful pieces of chocolate art, her meticulous attention to detail in her work is unsurpassed except by her enthusiasm in all she touches.
Samantha is an honours graduate of Ecole Chocolat and a chocolatier here at Dancing Lion. She began her culinary training in France and continued it upon her return, taking classes in cake decorating and truffle making locally. She had owned and operated her own homestead kitchen business, Sticky Fingers Chocolates, for two years when Rich Tango-Lowy approached her to join the Dancing Lion staff as his apprentice. In April of 2012, Samantha signed on under Rich and Laura, another DLC chocolatier, in anticipation of opening another location in Paris, France in the near future. Additionally, she has also studied the culinary arts in Italy.
Having earned her dual undergraduate degree in French and Theatre, she returned to school to earn her graduate degree in Education. Using her passion for chocolate, she teaches classes at Dancing Lion as well as for private venues.