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We are not teaching cooking classes at this time. Here is our upcoming trip schedule:

Dynamic Downtown NYC ~ Thursday September 29

Price: $90.00

Date: September 29, 2016

Downtown New York, once the original settlement known as New Amsterdam, is where the rushing avenues of Manhattan turn into tangled little streets, laden with boutiques and cafes. The hip and artsy neighborhoods run into the ethnic enclaves which meet the financial centers… and somehow all that energy blends together and it just makes sense. Today we'll explore the exciting and delicious food scene of Lower Manhattan, and we'll also take some time to visit the newly opened and incredible monument to those who lost their lives, in Downtown NYC, during the worst tragedy on American soil of our times.

The day begins late morning in THE LOWER EAST SIDE. This historic neighborhood attracted scores of immigrants and creative types over the years, and today it’s one of the most exciting places to live, eat and play in the new New York. Many Cooking Cottage favorites are located here, within a few small blocks of each other, and this morning you’ll have the opportunity to do some shopping here on your own and have some lunch. Everyone will receive a map, with area highlights noted. These include the infamous Katz Delicatessen, for pastrami and more, Jewish appetizing mecca Russ & Daughters with its amazing smoked fish and cold salads, Economy Candy - where your sweet tooth can take a walk down memory lane, everything you can think to pickle, pickled, at The Pickle Guys, square-shaped and creatively flavored treats at The Doughnut Plant, and Essex Street Market with its butcher, cheesemonger, coffee roaster, bakery stalls and much, much more.

Then we will make our way further downtown to THE NATIONAL 9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM. Located on Ground Zero, where thousands of people lost their lives on that day in 2001, the memorial complex is as architecturally and visually stunning as it is emotionally compelling is a true must-visit. The memorial consists of two lakes, each nearly an acre in size, marking the exact footprints of the towers. They contain the largest manmade waterfalls in the country and are surrounded by hundreds of white birch trees. The museum explores the historical implications of the terror attacks, while paying homage to those who died that day and the heroes who saved so many lives.

Following our visit to the museum, we’ll have a little fun. Located on the other side of the financial district is the SOUTH STREET SEAPORT. Restaurants, bars and shopping have been a feature of this incredibly historic neighborhood for a long time, but in recent years there have been some upgrades. Set amongst some of the oldest buildings in the city is the brand-new Seaport Smorgasburg - the first Manhattan outpost of the hugely popular Brooklyn-based food bazaar. Served out of futuristic pods is some of the most creative eats in the city, and you can even have a pint of Smorgasbeer to wash it down with. The Fulton Stall Market stands nearby in a location where markets have served the neighborhood since the 1700’s, and local and artisinal food products are sold at individual stalls here today. You’ll also love the views of the Brooklyn Bridge (we’ll practically be under it) and the harbor, and history buffs may want to pay a visit to the Seaport Museum with its a working 19th-century print shop, an archeology museum, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab, and the largest privately owned fleet of historic ships in the country. We'll depart South Street Seaport in the early evening.

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From a Filipino BBQ bowl, to a lobster roll, to a mouthwatering fresh popsicle... Tasty noshing options abound at Seaport Smorgasburg!

Departs from Quakertown, PA & Philipsburg, NJ. Departure time 9:00 am, approximate return time 8:00 pm.

A muffin and juice will be served on the way, wine and a snack on the way home. Admission to the National 9/11 Memorial Museum is included. You will receive a detailed email with trip information the week prior to the event. Don’t forget your cooler!

Available Spaces: 19

Flavors of Tuscany ~ Oct. 25 - Nov. 2

Price: $3625.00

Date: October 25, 2016

This trip is full! Please inquire to join the waiting list or visit for more exciting culinary tours around the world!

Tuscany’s landscape says it all: medieval hilltop towns overlooking rolling countryside covered with grapevines and olive trees. The mountains, forests, cypress trees, wildflowers, and winding roads create the perfect backdrop for discovering one of the world’s most revered destinations for culinary tradition, craftsmanship, fine art, historical preservation, and winemaking.

We’ll visit Tuscany in autumn, when the olives and grapes are being picked and pressed to perfection. The locals are foraging for mushrooms, harvesting chestnuts, and swirling Brunello di Montalcino in their glasses. It’s the perfect time of year to savor some of Italy’s – that is to say the world’s – best wines and ingredient driven dishes such as bistecca alla fiorentina (chargrilled T-bone steak) and pici con ragù di cinghiale (hand-rolled pasta with wild-boar sauce).

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Join Onward Travel for a week of culinary and cultural discovery in Tuscany. We’ve planned an eight-night tour with a slow food, experience driven, behind-the-scenes inspired theme. Taste olive oil and local seasonal delicacies such as truffles and chestnuts, visit medieval towns and elegant Florence, luxuriate in a villa situated in the heart of Chianti wine country, stroll cobblestone streets with expert local guides, expand your culinary repertoire during several cooking classes, dine at some of the region’s best restaurants, and laugh into the night with new friends as part of Onward’s travel and food loving community.

Click here for the full itinerary!

Click here to see travelers' pictures from Onward Travel's trips to Tuscany last fall.

Paradise Gourmet: Anna Maria Island, FL ~ November 13-17

Price: $1475.00

Date: November 13, 2016

A Ladies' Culinary Getaway to Florida’s Gulf Coast: November 13-17, 2016
Hosted by The Cooking Cottage with Onward Travel

Our pre-holiday island getaway returns for the third year in a row - but this edition is our first ever officially ladies only trip! So grab a girlfriend, your mother or daughter or sister, or come along solo and ready to make new friends… this week of eating, shopping, learning and laughing, island style, is just the right slice of paradise...

Anna Maria Island is a beautiful barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cooking Cottage co-founder Peggi has moved to Florida and she loves it there! She’s spent the last few years discovering the best of the beach so let’s head down to the gorgeous Gulf Coast to visit her. Take in the white sand beaches, laid-back golf-cart vibes and mouthwatering coastal flavors that make Anna Maria Island such a wonderful place to be!

This year we’ll enjoy some of the same highlights as the last two years, while mixing in a few new experiences and adding an extra night! Our home base will be Tortuga Inn, located in the heart of picturesque Anna Maria Island. The beach is right across the street, so take a walk on the white sand and dip your toes into the pleasant Gulf of Mexico waves. This notoriously laid back island is beloved by all who visit, and it’s the perfect place to unwind, relax and reconnect. We’ll enjoy gourmet meals, a cooking class, boat ride, visit an amazingly unique town up the coast, and more…

Click here for all of the information!

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NYC Gourmet Foods Shopping Tour ~ Sunday Nov. 20

Price: $68.00

Date: November 20, 2016

Click here to see our NYC Holiday Shopping Guide...

Our NYC Shopping Trip the Sunday before Thanksgiving is a Cooking Cottage seasonal tradition and the best way to kick off the holidays! Stock up on festive treats for entertaining and pick up some delicious and interesting gifts for everyone on your list... We encourage coolers and stow them under the bus in the luggage hold, you'll have access to them throughout the day.

ZABAR’S: The biggest of the Big Apple – it makes your heart pound. Don’t miss the 2nd floor – a great kitchenware shop with discounted prices!

CITARELLA: A must stop on New York’s fine food axis – the fish counter is a feast for the eyes.

FAIRWAY MARKET: Foodie paradise! The best breads in NYC can be found here. Voted New York’s favorite market.

BLEECKER STREET: This eclectic neighborhood makes the perfect spot to stop for lunch (we’ll give you some recommendations) and to do some exploring and shopping on your own. Be sure to visit Murray's Cheese, O & Co. & Amy's Bread!

CHELSEA MARKET: NYC’s most fascinating city block! This one stop culinary bazaar is home to so many great shops such as Bowery Kitchen Supply, Fat Witch Bakery, Ronnybrook Dairy, & T Salon, People's Pops, Anthropologie, Brooklyn Artists & Fleas etc, etc! Visit the website:

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Juice and a muffin will be served on the way there, wine and a snack on the return.

Departs from Quakertown, PA & Phillipsburg, NJ.

You'll receive an email a week before the trip with full departure details and everything else you need to know for a great day in NYC!

Available Spaces: 20

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