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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:

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

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

July 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
North Carolina Fare

  • Cheddar chive biscuits
  • Pecan peach cobbler
  • Mississippi mud pie

August 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rooftop Baking

  • Honey vanilla bean crème brûlée
  • Honey éclairs
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato

August 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Everyday pizza dough
  • Savory: basic tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and assorted toppings
  • Sweet: strawberry sauce, Nutella, and assorted toppings

September 7, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Demonstration of French macarons
  • Cranberry orange macarons
  • Caramel apple macarons
  • Bourbon pecan pie macarons

September 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Basic Cakes

  • Ritz-Carlton red velvet cake with cream cheese icing
  • Lemon zinger cake with lemon buttercream
  • Method of building and finishing basic cakes

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.