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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.

April 26, 9 a.m. to noon
Ice Cream!

Class participants will learn how to craft home-made ice cream. Tips will be shared to find the perfect balance of cream and flavorings to accompany favorite desserts – making this a perfect session for a warm spring day. Even the creation of waffle cones will be featured in this fun workshop. The menu includes:

  • Rocky Road
  • Signature Honey Pecan
  • Classic Vanilla
  • Homemade Waffle Cones

May 10, 9 a.m. to noon
Summertime Treats

Keeping it cool is the goal of this delicious May 10 workshop, as the refreshing tastes of chilled citrus desserts and all-American chocolate cookies set the stage for the coming summer season. The menu includes:

  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon Chiboust
  • Double Chocolate Cookies

May 31, 9 a.m. to noon

The wonderfully airy, French-style macaron is not an American coconut macaroon but rather a fabulously light, small cookie that melts in one’s mouth and comes in many vibrant flavors and colors. Students in this class will take pride in their new-found talents as masters one of the most requested French desserts in the country. These small delights make perfect gifts. The menu includes:

  • Chocolate Macarons
  • Red Velvet Macarons
  • Vanilla Macarons
  • Nutella Macarons

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.


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.