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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:

New Year’s Resolution | January 13, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Start your year off right with these delicious, healthy treats.

  • Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Fresh Raspberries
  • Granola Bars
  • Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


Bar Cocoa Meets the Spa ($200 per person) | January 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Relax and explore the amazing abilities of sweet treats coupled with wellness.

  • Dark Chocolate with Dried Fruit
  • Olive Oil and Rosemary Cupcakes
  • Coconut Panna Cotta with Rose Water and Strawberries
  • 25-minute Chocolate Hand Scrub


February 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Preparation

Selection of classic Valentine’s Day Treats

  • Heart Sugar Cookies
  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries and Hand-Rolled Truffles
  • Cherry Cordials


February 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Couples Date Night!

  • Chocolate Raspberry Tart
  • Red Velvet Macarons
  • Miniature Tiramisu


March 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
French Macarons

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


March 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

  • Grasshopper Pie
  • Baileys Chocolate Cupcakes
  • St. Patrick Sugar Cookies


April 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Classic French Desserts

  • French Macarons
  • Chocolate Eclairs
  • Apple Tarte Tatin   


April 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rooftop Garden Desserts

  • Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Scones
  • Strawberry Lavender Cupcakes
  • Honey Macarons


May 12, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mother’s Day Tea

  • Profiteroles
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Seasonal Scones


May 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Beginners Cake Class

  • Birthday Cake
  • Chocolate Torte
  • One-Tier Specialty Cake


June 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Father’s Day

  • Caramel Bacon Popcorn
  • Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie
  • Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Guinness Brownies


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


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.