January – September 2015
Please RSVP to Assistant at FranCostigan.com if you plan on attending.
My vegan chocolate demo, after dinner on Friday night, Feb 6th kicks off this sensational weekend as you explore the divine world of chocolate at Mohonk Mountain House. If you love chocolate, this is the time to visit the mountaintop! Get the best recipes, advice and samplings from those who have made their chocolate passion a lifetime pursuit. Chocolate infused Mohonk—two great things mixed together to create the ultimate chocolate obsession.
ART OF CHOCOLATE SPECIAL—15% OFF OUR REGULAR RATES. BOOK NOW! When making reservations, be sure to specify THE ART OF CHOCOLATE. Inclusive rates feature bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets with dinner as a traditional served meal, afternoon tea and cookies, and most activities, including use of the indoor heated swimming pool in our Spa wing.
Fran Costigan is a veteran culinary instructor, cookbook author, and the “queen of vegan desserts.” She knows that even though you want vegan, gluten-free desserts, they can still be decadent enough to be worthy of Valentine’s Day. Now you’ll never have to spend too much time fussing over these desserts in order to ensure that they’re remarkably rich and and decidedly chocolatey. Your dessert menu consists of: Dark Chocolate Ganache-Glazed Gluten-Free Brownie Bites with Marzipan Hearts; White Chocolate, Pistachio, and Matcha Mousse Pudding with Pomegranate Seeds and Mochi Waffle Garnish; Mocha Creme Brûlée; Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies; Spice It Up Ginger Truffles; and Chocolate Jello Shots with Homemade Chocolate Vodka.
Visit http://recreational.ice.edu/Courses/Detail/15295 to register.
1 lecture/demonstration; 4 all-day hands-on classes
- Classes are limited to 14. REGISTER EARLY!
- A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
- Fran’s book is included in the fee.
If you’re on a mission to make world-class vegan desserts, sign on for some “basic training” in the field. Learn the tactics involved in baking without dairy, eggs, and refined sugar, or odd ingredients. The entire operation was developed by Fran Costigan, vegan pastry chef-instructor and author of Great Good Desserts Naturally, More Great Good Desserts Naturally, and the new Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, the books considered the “bibles” of vegan pastry arts. You’ll gain the confidence to adapt many standard recipes to delicious vegan versions, as you learn about foundational pastry technique and ingredients specific to vegan baking. Quality organic, seasonal ingredients will be emphasized, including whole grain flours, organic fair-traded sweeteners (both liquid and granulated), vegan gelatin (agar-agar), root starches, non-dairy milks, sulfite-free dried fruits, chocolate, cocoa, pure extracts, leavening agents and much more. Novice and experienced bakers and everyone in between will benefit from the expert training offered in this unique intensive. Plating of desserts will be practiced daily and a dessert buffet party will be our finale.
Tierno Tours and Green Earth Travel invite you to join me for a one week vegan tour in Italy’s Amalfi coast region.
On this tour, you will be taken to Cilento, Vetri Sul Mare, Felitto, the Monastery of Padula,Villa Cosilinum, Palinuro, the Castle of Roccadaspide, the Amalfi Coast, the port of Salerno, Pompeii and Peastum. Attendees stay at one of six B&Bs in the National Park of Cilento – Italy’s second largest national park. Cilento is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area. Historically, the Cilentana diet is hugely plant-based, and organic too. So the area is incredibly vegan-friendly!
The fully escorted one-week tour will include:
- 7 Breakfasts continental
- 4 Lunches, including wine
- 7 Dinners, including wine
- 7 Nights in four-star Villa/B&B
- Transfers to and from Naples Airport
- Admission to sites on tour
- English speaking guide the entire stay
- First class motor coach
- Tips for baggage handling, taxes and hotel gratuity, except Tour Director
ITINERARY 8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS STARTING FROM $2,595
Optional departure from U.S. on overnight flight to Naples (D, B on board flight)
Day 1 – Saturday
Arrive in Naples airport (NAP), ride down to Cilento, stopping in Vetri Sul Mare – a small town where we will see ceramic making demos in almost every shop along Main Street. Then continue on to check into villas and gather together for a welcome dinner with your special guest/s (L, D)
Day 2 – Sunday
Felitto – Harvest nature walk, where we will learn about all the wild greens, vegetables and herbs that have been used for centuries in the local dishes of Cilento. After our harvest walk, we will have lunch in a local farm house. After lunch, we can choose to take a
ride down the river on a paddle boat* or a nature walk throughout the mountains of Felitto (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Monday
Our first stop is the Monastery of Padula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest antiquity of southern Italy. We will have lunch in Villa Cosilinum, a beautiful restored villa at the top of this village. After lunch, we will have a tour of Joe Petrosino’s home before heading back to the villa for dinner and cooking lesson (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Tuesday
Drive down the Coast of Cilento to the village of Palinuro, where we will get our boat ride to the five grottos (caves) of the cape. We will have lunch overlooking the water and then free time on the beach. Dinner includes a cooking lesson. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Wednesday
Tour of the Castle of Roccadaspide, built in 1242 by Fredrick II, passed down to the Duke Ettore Giuliani, who will give us the tour himself. After lunch at a local trattoria we will take a ride to the city of Agropoli where we will have free time to explore the city. Next we will drive back to the villa for Pizza Night, we will make our own brick oven pizza (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Thursday
We are heading to the Amalfi Coast. Leaving from the port of Salerno you can choose to spend the morning in Positano or the Island of Capri. Dinner back at the villa (B, D)
Day 7 – Friday
We are spending our last day in Pompeii we will have a two hour guided tour of the ancient city then drive back to the villa stopping at Peastum where you can see three of the best preserved collections of Greek temples outside of Greece. (B, D)
We will provide a list of things to do and vegan friendly places to eat and offer the option to come with us to see your favorite spots on free days.
Day 8 – Saturday
Transfer to Naples airport (NAP) (B)
*Boat rides are subject to weather and seasons
Please contact Donna of Green Earth Travel for bookings, questions, etc. at (301) 229-5666 or email@example.com
Join me along with Miyoko Schinner, the Vegan Black Metal Chef, and The Vegan Zombie on an unforgettable voyage full of wonderful vegan cuisine, beautiful scenery with private vegan shore excursions available only to our group, and of course… like minded vegan people!
We will be sailing on the Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam to Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria B.C. We are focused on one thing: providing an absolutely FUN sailing, complete with awesome vegan cuisine and awesome vegan peeps. You will enjoy the yummy food, you will have fun, and you will meet new lifelong friends…we promise! Vegan Vacation at Sea will tempt your vegan sensibilities and taste buds with these exclusive offerings:
- Cooking demonstrations by me and other vegan chefs in the ms Westerdam’s fantastic Culinary Arts Center
- Exclusive vegan menu featuring recipes from the cruise’s featured chefs
- Exclusive vegan shore excursions available ONLY for our group
- Exclusive vegan private parties and social events
- Vegan swag bag
- Vegan Vacation at Sea T-shirt