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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.  During each Cocoa Lab class, students work alongside one of the award-winning chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte to learn cooking techniques and 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 experience, students can savor their own creations at the end of each session. They also receive complimentary hotel parking, a recipe collection, and a keepsake apron as part of the $150 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 this coming year may be reserved based on availability and include:

June 23, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wedding Cake Techniques

  • Two-Tier Wedding Cake Design (advanced creations)


July 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
French Macarons

  • Students’ choice of vibrant macaron colors, flavors and delicious surprise fillings, inspired by the best-sellers at Bar Cocoa dessert boutique


July 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dessert and Wine Pairing $175

  • Molten Chocolate Cake
  • Lemon Bars
  • Raspberry Eclairs

August 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Summertime Favorites

  • S’mores Magic Bars
  • Cobblers or Lattice Pies
  • Icebox Cake
  • Grapefruit and Campari Ice Pops

September 8, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sorbet + Ice Cream

  • No-churn Ice Cream (including delectably sweet mix-ins)
  • Mango Sorbet
  • Watermelon Sorbet
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches

September 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Local Flavors

  • Apple Turnovers
  • Apple Dumplings with Caramel Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Peanut Butter & Honey Oatmeal Cookies featuring peanut butter from Durham, NC

October 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Southern Favorites

  • Chess Pie (Virginia)
  • Banana Pudding (Tennessee)
  • Bourbon Bread Pudding (Kentucky)
  • Peanut Butter & Honey Oatmeal Cookies featuring peanut butter from Durham, NC

October 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
North and South Carolina Desserts

  • Sweet Potato Pie
  • Benne Wafers
  • Coconut Cake

November 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Latin Desserts

  • Alfajores (Argentina)
  • Sopapilos (Chile & Peru)
  • Palvarones (Mexico)
  • Turron (Spain)
  • Crema Catalana
  • Benne Wafers

November 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pies and Galettes

  • Lattice Pie
  • Dutch Apple Pie
  • Open-Faced Pecan Pie
  • Galettes

December 15, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gingerbread Houses

Decorated with Royal Icing and Sweet Confections

January 12, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Macarons

  • Assorted Flavors

January 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Basic Cake-sics

  • How-To Build a Cake
  • Crumb Coating
  • Finishing and Decorating (spatula lines, borders, sprinkles/croquant edging, chocolate ganache drip)

February 9, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Desserts

  • Chocolate Pot de Crème with Vanilla Honey Chantilly and Pomegranate Syrup
  • Fudgy Skillet Brownies
  • Breakfast in Bed (cinnamon rolls, overnight stuffed French toast)

February 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Advanced Cakes

  • Wedding Cake Decorating Trends
  • Tips + Tricks of the Trade
  • Stacked Tiers

March 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Entremets

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Pate Sable
  • Brownie
  • Caramel Cremeus
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • Fudgy Skillet Brownies
  • Breakfast in Bed (cinnamon rolls, overnight stuffed French toast)

To reserve a Cocoa Lab class, please call (704) 547-2244. Early registration is recommended, with a 48-hour advance cancellation notice required.  The AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is located at 201 East Trade Street, at the corner of Trade and College Streets, in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. For further information, visit the hotel website at www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte, or to engage directly with the property, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ritzcarltoncharlotte. For room reservations, go to the hotel website, call 1-800-241-3333, or contact a travel professional.