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Cocoa Lab - 2016 Classes

During each Cocoa Lab class, students work alongside one of the award-winning chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte to learn cooking techniques and to prepare menu items featuring chocolate, cocoa, dessert flavors, and fresh produce and herbs from the hotel’s rooftop gardens. As a favorite part of the Saturday morning experience, students can savor their own creations at the end the session. They also receive complimentary hotel parking, a recipe collection, and a keepsake apron as part of the $100 USD class fee. Each Cocoa Lab class begins with a delicious hospitality experience to be enjoyed in the hotel Lobby Lounge.  Cocoa Lab classes for January through April 2016 will feature the following::

January 16th, 2016
Magical Macarons
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A perfectly “Bar Cocoa” way to warm the heart and as well as the kitchen with these elegant little desserts. Macaron flavors will include:
  • S’more
  • Citrus
  • Earl Grey
  • Bananas Foster

February 6th, 2016
Romantic Sweet Treats
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Inspired by St. Valentine, this class will feature four romantically tempting creations, to include:
  • Pomegranate Poached Pears
  • Lady Baltimore Cake
  • Grand Marnier Truffles
  • Chocolate Chili Soufflé With Vanilla Anglaise

March 19th, 2016
Favorites from The Punch Room
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Providing the first ever chance to recreate sophisticated best-sellers from The Punch Room menu, this workshop will feature two multi-step plated desserts, as follows:
  • S’mores Torte, created with Hand-Made Graham Cracker and Milk Chocolate Mousse
  • Yogurt Mint Panna Cotta with Hand-Blended Granola and Roasted Pineapple

April 9, 2016
Elegant Springtime Desserts
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Spring brunch is refreshingly elevated with these sophisticated desserts. Selections will include:
  • Honey Carrot Cake with Candied Carrots
  • Blueberry Lemon Tarts
  • Cheesecake Mousse with Strawberries and Rhubarb
  • Rosemary Apricot Scones

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.


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.