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CHARLOTTE, NC – December 11, 2017 -- Cocoa Lab is pleased to present a new roster of baking and pastry classes for 2018, with a delicious schedule set for the first half of the year.

In each Cocoa Lab session, students work alongside one of the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton to learn baking techniques and prepare menu items featuring fresh and local flavors in a hands-on learning environment. Students receive personalized instruction from the chef, along with complimentary parking, a recipe collection of the day’s creations, a keepsake apron, and the day’s delectable creations, all included in the $150 USD class fee. Participants also enjoy arrival refreshments prior to classes, which are scheduled as follows for the first seven months of 2018:

February 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 12:00 p.m.
Couples Date Night!

  • Chocolate Raspberry Tart
  • Red Velvet Macarons
  • Miniature Tiramisu

March 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 12:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

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

April 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Classic French Desserts

  • French Macarons
  • Chocolate Eclairs
  • Apple Tarte Tatin   

April 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Rooftop Garden Desserts

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

May 12, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mother’s Day Tea

  • Profiteroles
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Seasonal Scones

May 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Beginners Cake Class

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

June 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 12:00 p.m.
Wedding Cake Techniques

  • Two-Tier Wedding Cake Design (advanced creations)

July 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 12:00 p.m.
Dessert and Wine Pairing

  • 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.