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Industry City Brooklyn Tour ~ Thursday May 4

Price: $90.00

Date: May 4, 2017

We're headed back to Brooklyn for a behind the scenes tour of one of the most interesting locales in this legendary borough: Industry City. Perched on the edge of Brooklyn with sweeping views of Manhattan and its skyline, this campus of industrial buildings is undergoing a major revamping at the hands of the same developers who brought us Chelsea Market.

Industry City, however, in addition to being a fabulous marketplace of the future is so spacious that it also serves as a factory-space of the future. Artisans working in not only food but also clothing, furniture, jewelry and fine art are leasing studio space here from which they can both create and sell their one-of-a-kind wares.

We'll spend our time at Industry City today visiting different food artisans, learning about what they're making - including how and why, with plentiful tasting, naturally - and of course there will be the opportunity to bring home some goodies.

Some of our visits today will include Colson Patisserie, famous for the crispy, sugary Liege waffles, flaky croissants and adorable bear-shaped financiers... here' we'll learn about all the TLC that goes into producing Brooklyn's favorite baked goods. Then there's Brooklyn Brine, a pickle operation that has been at the forefront of the artisanal food movement in Brooklyn and throughout the US. And of course we must also visit Li-Lac Chocolate, a wonderful example of old-meets-new. New York City's oldest house of chocolate recently relocated their factory here to the blossoming Industry City. Li-Lac has been making NYC's best chocolate since 1923 and with a taste today you'll be hooked, too!

Midday we'll break for lunch at the Industry City Food Hall, where you can nosh on tacos, pizza, Italian-style sandwiches, ramen noodles, cakes, cookies, ice cream and more.... all prepared with that creative Brooklyn twist.

To round out our day we'll make a stop in nearby Red Hook, another waterfront neighborhood where space has been repurposed by the next wave of entrepreneurs. There's a big Fairway Market and Cafe there for those who want to get their NYC foodie shopping fix in, Fairway is New York's most popular grocery store stocking all the city's best baked goods, homemade pastas, plenty of cheese, upscale pantry items and much more. And just a few blocks away is Red Hook Winery and Steve's Key Lime Pie for those who'd prefer to relax with a glass of wine or a sweet treat to finish up their day in the city's most exciting borough.

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

Tours and tastings are included at Industry City, lunch is on your own at their fantastic food hall.

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 Brooklyn!

Available Spaces: 23

Quebec City Culinaire: Canada ~ May 9 - 13, 2017

Price: $2075.00

Date: May 9, 2017

A Tasty Trip to French Canada: May 9 -13, 2017
Hosted by The Cooking Cottage with Onward Travel

Just a short flight from the Midatlantic region, Ville de Québec offers a tempting slice of European culture on the North American continent.

Quebec City was founded over 400 years ago by French explorers and today it’s one of the oldest settlements in North America, its lovely Old Town a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched upon cliffs overlooking the picturesque St. Lawrence River, the city’s name comes from the Algonquin, kebek, meaning “where the river narrows.” Today the city’s identity is at once modern and historic, cosmopolitan yet deeply influenced by the extremes of the seasons and the natural climate that surrounds it.

The cuisine of Quebec is greatly influenced by its European routes, as well as the Native American legacy of the region, and the long cold winters endured there. The historic fur trading industry certainly left its mark as heavier, meat and game based recipes typify many traditional dishes. Of course this is the land of pure maple syrup, where the majority of the world’s supply originates. And like their French ancestors, the Quebecois value high quality and carefully produced cheeses, baked goods, liqueurs and chocolates.

French Canadian food and culture are diverse and delicious, and waiting to be discovered by you!

This trip includes roundtrip airfare from Newark Liberty Airport to Quebec City, as well as a transfer from The Cooking Cottage in Sellersville, PA, to the airport and back.

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Old World Italy + Chihuly Glass ~ Sat. June 17

Price: $88.00

Date: June 17, 2017

We're off the The Bronx, to visit the most Italian street in North America: Arthur Avenue. While we still love downtown Manhattan's Little Italy, this is the real deal.... There are shops for the best fresh bread, homemade pasta and ravioli, cheese shops, sausage shops, wine shops, bakeries, pizzerias, places to pick up imported specialty items, and so much more. We've been going here for years and will give everyone a copy our own neighborhood guide so as you spend the morning filling up your cooler you'll know exactly where to go. After all that shopping enjoy lunch at one of the neighborhood trattorias, and if you're a fan of bivalves treat yourself to a dozen oysters served streetside in front of one of the avenue's fantastic fishmonger shops (it'll all be in our guide).

 

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After lunch we have a real treat in store... a visit to the nearby New York Botanic Garden for a very special exhibition of the work of master glass artist Dale Chihuly. In his hometown of Seattle there is a permanent glass garden that is a must-visit in that city, the artist is known for his organic forms that become one with the landscape to create a magical new world sure to delight. You can learn more about the exhibition here. Upon arrival at NYBG our group will split for smaller guided tours and then enjoy the rest of this summer afternoon in New York's loveliest gardens. A complimentary tram service circuits the park so you can easily get around enjoy everything the NYBG has to offer.

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

Entry to NYBG with access to Chihuly and a guided tour of the exhibition are included with the ticket price.

Departs from Quakertown, PA & Phillipsburg, NJ.

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

Available Spaces: 9

Magic On the Water: Italy ~ Sept. 23 - Oct. 1, 2017

Price: $3650.00

Date: September 23, 2017

A Culinary Adventure in Veneto: September 23 - October 1, 2017
Hosted by The Cooking Cottage with Onward Travel

The great maritime Republic of Venice was once the Italian capital of trading, art and finance, and today it’s one of the world’s most alluring destinations.

Prepare to be enchanted by the watery topography of Venice: the city is comprised of 117 islands floating in the Venetian Lagoon! We’ll explore the legendary art and opulent architecture of the City of Bridges, traverse its canals, ride the Vaporetto (water bus), meet lots of friendly locals and eat plenty of delicious food. Venice is an absolutely amazing place, and it’s no secret, so the city can have a reputation of being overrun with tourists. While at times we’ll feel a part of the crowd, we’ve taken care to arrange lots of special exclusive experiences and find the best local guides to make sure our group gets a real behind the scenes look at “The Queen of the Adriatic.”

Then let’s head inland to the foothills of the Alps, just over an hour north of the city, to spend two nights at a gorgeous villa hotel where we’ll enjoy cooking classes with a  Michelin-starred chef and also set out to sip some fizz at the wineries on the nearby “Prosecco Road,” the epicenter of Italy’s bubbly production. Yes, the Veneto region is as beguiling and special as it sounds, and we invite you to experience it with us!

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NYC Gourmet Foods Shopping Tour ~ Sunday Nov. 19

Price: $69.00

Date: November 19, 2017

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: www.chelseamarket.com

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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 one week before the trip with full departure details and everything else you need to know for a great day in NYC!

Available Spaces: 89

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