Cocoa Lab by Bar Cocoa is pleased to present a season of uniquely-chocolate, pastry and dessert cooking classes, as well as group, culinary educational experiences with team-building activities. Classes are open to the public and offer uniquely-chocolate, pastry and dessert workshops presented within the Bar Cocoa kitchen.

In each upcoming Cocoa Lab session, a maximum of six students will work alongside one of the award-winning chefs of Bar Cocoa to learn cooking techniques and prepare menu items featuring chocolate, cocoa, dessert flavors, herbs from the hotel’s rooftop chef’s garden, or Carolina fresh fruits of the season. Students will be able to savor the day’s creations at the end of each morning session, and they will receive complimentary parking, a recipe collection and keepsake apron as part of the $100 class fee.


June 3, 2017
Dessert and Wine Pairing
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Bar Cocoa and Hidden Wine present Ritz-Carlton house wines paired with classic desserts.

  • Molten Chocolate Cake paired with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Raspberry Profiteroles paired with Champagne
  • Lemon Bars paired with Chardonnay

June 17, 2017
Father’s Day Desserts
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Just what Dad has wanted all year: Bacon, Beer, Chocolate. Prepare and savor the ultimate gentleman’s collection of desserts.

  • Caramel Bacon Popcorn
  • Beer Brownies
  • Bourbon Pecan Pie

July 1, 2017
Fourth of July Celebration
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What better way to celebrate the country than with morning of American traditional desserts?

  • Apple Pie
  • Banana Pudding
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 15, 2017
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Students can beat the heat with these cool treats and learn the secret behind Bar Cocoa’s signature Honey Pecan Gelato.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Honey Pecan Ice Cream/Gelato
  • Strawberry Ice cream





February 11 & 12, 2017
Valentine’s Chocolate Delights
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Roses are red, violets are blue, Bar Cocoa has chocolate in mind for you.

  • Molten Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Chocolate Macarons

March 11, 2017
Go Green for St. Patrick’s
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bar Cocoa is going green and, in one Irish case, even the beer will bring flavor.

  • Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Baileys Irish Coffee Caramel Brownies
  • Grasshopper Pie

March 25, 2017
French Macarons!
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this class is always a favorite – and these French morsels are beautiful as well as delicious.

  • Students’ choice of vibrant macaron colors, flavors and delicious surprise fillings

April 8, 2017
All About Cake Decorating (Part 1)

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Top secret pastry chef techniques will help turn everyday cakes into dessert masterpieces.

  • Black Forest Torte
  • Vanilla Pound Cake
  • Red Velvet Cake

May 13, 2017
Mother’s Day Sweet Treats
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This class salutes brunch treats designed to celebrate the most important women in our life.

  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Quiche 
  • Vanilla Crème Puffs

May 20, 2017
Fresh Garden Desserts
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Its spring, the rooftop garden is in full bloom, and the bees are here.  Students will enjoy preparing these seasonal selections using the hotel’s rooftop garden harvest and local honey.

  • Rosemary Apricot Scones
  • Lavender Panna CottaWith Poached Pears
  • Honey Chocolate Eclairs