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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 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
French Macarons

  • French Macaron 101   
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Nutella
  • Strawberry

April 18, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Intro to cakes

  • Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
  • Devil’s Food Cake with Ganache filling and Chocolate Buttercream

May 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

French Macarons

  • French Macaron 101   
  • Raspberry Lemonade
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Cookie Monster

June 13, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bar Cocoa Favorites

  • Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fruity Pebble Rice Crispy Treats
  • Lemon Blueberry Scones

July 18, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
French Macarons

  • Peach Clobber
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Birthday Cake  
  • Italian Buttercream

August 8, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bar Cocoa Favorites

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti
  • Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Bar Cocoa Donuts
  • Donut Glaze

September 19, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
French Macarons

  • Caramel
  • Chia Tea
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Italian Buttercream

October 31, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fall Favorites

  • Brown Butter Blondies
  • Apple Spiced cake
  • Pumpkin Muffins with streusel topping
  • Peanut Butter Cookies  

 

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.