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New Offering Includes Four-Part Mini-Series on Pastries Around The World

CHARLOTTE, NC – June 23, 2017 -- Cocoa Lab at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has created a robust new schedule of classes for the next several months, with highlights to include a special “Pastries Around The World” mini-series. The added four-part series is designed for home chefs interested in creating internationally inspired desserts, and it will offer instruction on culinary treats from Asia, Germany, India and South America.

Cocoa Lab’s public classes feature uniquely-chocolate, pastry and dessert workshops presented within the hotel’s behind-the-scenes Bar Cocoa kitchen.  During each 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 (note different pricing for two special class activities, below). Each Cocoa Lab class begins with a delicious hospitality experience to be enjoyed in the hotel lobby, and upcoming classes will include the following menu items:

August 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pastries Around the World Part 1 – Asia

  • Black Sesame Chocolate Banana Cake
  • Matcha Tea Cookies
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango and Lime

August 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
French Macarons

  • Signature Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Rooftop Honey, including a tour of the hotel rooftop gardens and beehives

September 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pastries Around the World Part 2 – Germany

  • Baumkuchen (layered cake dipped in chocolate)
  • Berliner (jelly doughnut)
  • Bienenstich (almond brioche with custard)

September 30, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dessert and Wine Pairing (Special experience: $175 per person, with wines from Hidden Wine)

  • Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries
  • Molten Chocolate Cake
  • Key Lime Tart with Mango Chutney

October 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pastries around the World Part 3 – India

  • Besan Ladoo
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Goan Coconut Cake

October 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Happy Halloween

  • Halloween Sugar Cookies
  • Candy Apples
  • Ghost Cupcakes

November 4, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pastries Around the World Part 4 – South America

  • Arroz con Leche
  • Tres Leches
  • Churros
  • Chocotorta

November 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Preparation Day

  • Apple Pie
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake
  • Pecan Pralines

December 2, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Christmas Cookies

  • Sugar Cookies
  • Gingerbread Men decorated with candies and icing. Learn royal icing techniques.

December 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gingerbread House

  • Learn how to build a gingerbread house inspired by the hotel’s lobby holiday fantasy, complete with decorations of candies and royal icing. Complimentary photo shoot included.

January 13 (2018), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New Year’s Resolution

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

January 27 (2018), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bar Cocoa Meets the Spa (Special experience: $200 per person, with The Ritz-Carlton Spa included)

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

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