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.
Breakfast Breads and Biscuits
March 15, 2014
9 a.m. to noon
Classic breakfast favorites need not be saved for weekends and holidays. With tips from Cocoa Lab’s talented chefs, students will learn how to prepare two simple versions of the great American breakfast favorite – hand-made biscuits, with and without special flavorings. For those who crave a sweeter morning delight, dessert muffins and cinnamon bread are also on the workshop menu, which highlights some of the best breakfast creations of today’s South. The class menu includes:
- Apple Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread
- Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
- Cheddar Chive Biscuits
French Bistro Desserts
March 29, 2014
9 a.m. to noon
While French bistro cuisine evokes savory delights, simple bistro desserts have recently gathered tremendous popularity among foodies worldwide. Highlights of French bistro desserts include two-bite and diminutive pastry items such as crème puffs and éclairs, with delicate crème puffs to be featured in the March 29 cooking class at Cocoa Lab. Also to be presented, the elegant clafouti is an impressive but easy to create ramekin dish and, along with velvety, custard-like pot de crème creations, lends elegance and irresistible flavor to any dessert occasion. This most French of class menus includes:
- Crème Puffs
- Cherry Clafouti
- Pot De Crème
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.
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.