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About Us


Bread and Chocolate is a privately owned company which was founded in 1978 by Theodore Manousakis and Chef Ernst Moser, who had a vision of bringing elegant European artisan bread, fine Viennese and French pastries to the Washington DC area. Old town Alexandria was buzzing with anticipation in being the first location to house the full production facility for making these fine products along with the first store front café. Within two years, 11 locations were opened within the DC, Maryland and Virginia area along with a wholesale business serving fine hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, universities, airports, hospitals, etc.

In 1984, a new 20,000 square foot production center with over 200 employees and round the clock production was built in Alexandria, Virginia to accommodate our fast growing business.

Our business profile began to evolve into more prepared foods for wholesale businesses as the trend for fresh, packaged, gourmet food began to emerge in the 1990s. Keeping in step with this trend, our wholesale business grew exponentially to giant companies who offer these goods at airports, sports arenas, shopping malls, etc. Co-packing has become an important segment of our company where we produce and package products for companies according to their recipes and specifications.

Today, Bread and Chocolate continues to expand in size and scope. Our award winning cakes, pastries, prepared foods, along with many other achievements, honor the highly professional culinary artists selected to work in our organization.

For many, Bread and Chocolate has opened the door to very satisfying and rewarding culinary careers. Our devotion to quality has won us loyal customers and clients as well as the utmost respect from our competitors.

Our Philosophy

To serve our friends and neighbors!  For four decades, we have served our community with the finest, most authentic European style pastries, baked goods and prepared foods. Through the richness of the food table and being in an internationally diverse city as Washington DC, we have fostered relationships with our patrons and the companies we serve that remain solid from the beginning until now while developing new relationships with the children and grandchildren of our original customers.