Chef Fran Costigan

Calendar

Mar
10
Tue
Rouxbe Live Event – For the Love of Dairy Free Chocolate Desserts
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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I will discuss “Vegan Chocolate for Everyone” and share information about choosing and using high percentage chocolates and quality cocoa powders to make unapologetically luscious and decadent chocolate desserts in this free online event. I will speak about the importance of using foundational pastry technique to make the finest desserts. With Valentine Day approaching, let’s consider everyone’s favorite bean.

Visit http://rouxbe.com/live-events/FCost_01/details to register.

Mar
14
Sat
Vegan Chocolate Delights at the NYC Veg Food Fest @ The Metropolitan Pavilion
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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The 5th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion on March 14-15, 2015 with yummy food samples, inspiring speakers, and fun activities.

Chef Fran, the “Queen of Vegan Desserts” will demonstrate, and you will taste, some quick to make, easy to love desserts, all made with high-percentage ethical chocolate. Fran will offer tips, tricks, and information about types of chocolate as we celebrate everyone’s favorite bean!

For more information or to buy tickets visit http://nycvegfoodfest.com

Mar
22
Sun
Vida Vegan Con Google Hangout
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

vvc3-badge-300x300I’ll be joining the Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series on March 22nd at 5:00pm eastern time. Join the Google Hangout here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/chc91jvcqkoi1fphm691t6ka12o

 

Mar
25
Wed
IACP Conference @ Marriott Renaissance
Mar 25 – Mar 30 all-day

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The IACP 2015 Annual Conference takes place in Washington, D.C, March 27-30 at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel. I’ll be there as an attendee, not a speaker, but I’ll be blogging about the conference as well as the vegan scene in DC.

Visit the IACP website for more information: http://www.iacp.com/blog/more/2015_conference_highlights

Apr
10
Fri
Main Street Vegan Academy
Apr 10 – Apr 15 all-day

MSVA LogoA Main Street Vegan® Lifestyle Coach & Educator is a practicing vegan who is certified to coach, counsel and educate individuals and groups in adopting this health-promoting and compassionate way of eating and being in the world. As a Main Street Vegan-certified VLCE, you’ll be qualified to help individuals and groups go vegan, stay vegan, feel terrific, and be part of the wonderful ripple effect that’s saving the lives of people and animals, and helping heal the planet. In addition, you’ll learn at the Academy how to set up a Vegan Lifestyle Coaching practice, market yourself, speak for groups and to the media, and make the most of the Internet.

Fran is an advisory board member and teaches at Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy.

The session is sold out, but a wait list is available. The next session is: June 5th – 10th.

Visit the Main Street Vegan website for more information: http://mainstreetvegan.net/academy/

 

Jul
8
Wed
Vegetarian Summerfest @ Conference Center at Pitt-Johnson University
Jul 8 – Jul 12 all-day

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The 41st annual conference is set for July 8 – 12, 2015, (Wednesday through Sunday.) at the theConference Center at Pitt-Johnstown on the University of Pittsburg campus at Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The conference features experts in the fields of health, nutrition, animal rights, the environment, exercise and related lifestyle areas, plus talented chefs.

Visit the Vegetarian Summerfest website for more information: http://www.vegetariansummerfest.org/index.htm

Jul
25
Sat
Vegan Italiano Festival
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

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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 info@greenearthtravel.com

Sep
19
Sat
Vegan Vacation at Sea
Sep 19 – Sep 26 all-day

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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

For more information or to book your vacation, visit: http://www.vegancruiseplanners.com/regisweb_groups/reg/4394