THE RITZ-CARLTON, CHARLOTTE

201 East Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 USA
Phone:  +1 (704) 547-2244   •  Map & Directions
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Cocoa Lab - 2014 Classes



Cocoa Lab’s dessert-oriented classes are open to the public and offer uniquely-chocolate, pastry and dessert workshops presented within the hotel’s behind-the-scenes Bar Cocoa kitchen. Classes are priced at $75 per person per session unless otherwise designated and may be reserved at 704.547.2244.

Cocoa Lab classes may be reserved at 704.547.2244. Participation is open to hotel guests and the public ages 18 and up, and no cooking experience is required. Please note there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. 


Home for the Holidays
Saturday, November 8, 2014
9 a.m. to noon


This class will feature Chef Heidi Kabath’s favorite dessert – Apple Tarte Tatin. Chocolate will be on display as well, as will Bar Cocoa’s new holiday specialty, Sweet Potato Cheesecake. Did you know that North Carolina produces more sweet potatoes than any other state? The menu includes:

  • Apple Tarte Tatin: A classic French apple tart served with delicious spiced pecans and caramel sauce 
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake: This rich and decadent chocolate cake features a mousse filling and creamy ganache 
  • Sweet Potato Cheesecake: Bar Cocoa’s special seasonal cheesecake features local sweet potatoes and toasted marshmallows

Great Gatsby Gala
Saturday, November 22, 2014
9 a.m. to noon


Glamorous dining awaits, as this divine class will turn novice cooks into sophisticates, ready to wow the most discerning of guests. Instruction in the fabulous art of dessert presentation will be a highlight of the session. The menu includes:

  • Chambord Syllabub: With a creamy top and liquid bottom, this pink-glass dessert will kick off any gala gathering 
  • Baked Alaska: A traditionally elegant dessert from the Golden Age – truly a wow 
  • Rum Pineapple Cake: The roasted pineapple creates a beautiful design as well as glorious depth of flavor

Christmas Cookie Social
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9 a.m. to noon


This is the ultimate cookie class, allowing students to combine truly different ingredients and stand out in the holiday cookie crowd. The day’s creations range from warmly nostalgic to simply extraordinary. The menu includes:

  • Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie: A favorite from The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island cooking school, this cake-like cookie is addictive 
  • Peppermint Mocha Bar: Chocolaty and rich, this bar perfectly complements a cup of coffee 
  • Linzer Tart Sandwich: A classic holiday cookie, this delight features toasted nut flavors and a bright red jam 
  • Grand Marnier Macaron: César Ritz helped name this “grand liqueur,” and it has become a coveted ingredient in Ritz-Carlton sweets worldwide

Great Gatsby Gala
Saturday, December 20, 2014
9 a.m. to noon


Glamorous dining awaits, and this divine class will turn novice cooks into sophisticates, ready to wow the most discerning of guests. Instruction in the fabulous art of dessert presentation will be a highlight of the session. The menu includes:

  • Chambord Syllabub: With a creamy top and liquid bottom, this pink-glass dessert will kick off any gala gathering 
  • Baked Alaska: A traditionally elegant dessert from the Golden Age. Truly a wow 
  • Rum Pineapple Cake: The roasted pineapple creates a beautiful design as well as glorious depth of flavor


FAQs

What are the age limits for your classes? Adult Classes: Age 18 and up/Teen Classes: Age 15 – 17

How often do your classes change? You will find that new classes are offered every three months. This will include popular favorites as well as seasonal and holiday classes.

How much food is served in your classes? For our hands-on classes, full-sized portions are prepared and served.

What should I wear to the cooking class? You should dress casually and comfortably. Students should wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves, and flat, closed-toe shoes. We will provide you with an apron to wear during class.

How many people are in the class? As it is a hands-on experience, we limit the class size to eight people.

Will I get a copy of the recipes to take home? You will receive a recipe packet to refer to during class, and it is yours to keep.

Will I make all of the items on the menu? Yes, you will be divided into teams of two, and then each team will prepare the entire menu. The instructor will demonstrate the techniques and provide guidance during the class.

Where do I go once I arrive at The Ritz-Carlton? The meeting point will be Bar Cocoa. The chef will meet you there and take you back to the Cocoa Lab.

Should I register for the class in advance? All classes require advanced registration.

How much does it cost to take the classes? The price of each class varies and is listed in the class description. Prices and length of class may vary by subject.

Do you have a waiting list for sold-out classes? Yes, waiting lists are maintained for all sold-out classes. You will be contacted if a space becomes available.

Do you have a cancellation policy? Yes, it is forty-eight hours.

Do you get a student discount for items purchased at Bar Cocoa? How long is the discount offered? Students receive a ten percent discount after the class on all Bar Cocoa retail items. The discount is good for the entire day of the class.


COCOA LAB GIFT CARDS

Consider a Ritz-Carlton Gift Card, valid for cooking classes at Cocoa Lab, for a loved one, friend or colleague. Please call (704) 547-2244 to purchase a card.