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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 are open to adults 18+ and children 14+ accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Cocoa Lab classes for this coming year may be reserved based on availability and include:

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

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Pate Sable
  • Brownie
  • Caramel Cremeus
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • Fudgy Skillet Brownies

March 16, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Breakfast in Bed

  • cinnamon rolls
  • overnight stuffed French toast
  • Lemon blueberry scones
  • White chocolate orange scones

April 6, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Original Yeast Doughnuts
  • Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnuts
  • Chocolate Doughnut Glaze
  • Classic Vanilla Bean Glaze
  • Strawberry Shortcake Doughnut

April 20, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chocolate 101

  • How to temper chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Truffles
  • Hazelnut Latte Truffles
  • Passionfruit Honey Truffles

May 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Classic Croissants
  • Pan A Chocolate
  • Twice Baked Hazelnut Croissants
  • Cronuts

May 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Basic Cakes

  • The Ritz-Carlton Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Baileys Mousse Cake with Baileys Buttercream
  • Basic Buttercream

June 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • French Macaron Demonstration
  • Pistachio Macarons
  • Raspberry Macarons
  • Lemon Meringue Macarons

June 15, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Summertime Cupcakes

  • Toasty Smores Cupcakes
  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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, or to engage directly with the property, please visit For room reservations, go to the hotel website, call 1-800-241-3333, or contact a travel professional.