Chef Fran Costigan


VegNews Vegan Chocolate & Cheese Soirée @ VegNews Magazine
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VegNews Vegan Chocolate & Cheese Soirée

VegNews Presents …
A Vegan Chocolate & Cheese Soirée
with Fran Costigan and Miyoko Schinner

Join chefs and cookbook authors Fran Costigan and Miyoko Schinner for an unforgettable evening of demonstrations, chocolate and cheese tastings, champagne, book signings, and more hosted by VegNews’ Publisher Colleen Holland.

Author of Vegan Chocolate and renowned New York City pastry chef, Fran will teach guests all about vegan chocolate while demonstrating how to make decadent ganache, pudding, tortes, cakes, frosting, and truffles.

Founder of vegan cheese company, Miyoko’s Creamery, and author of Artisan Vegan Cheese, Miyoko will share the secrets to sumptuous homemade vegan cheese while preparing feta, cream cheese, and her French-inspired favorites.

Guests will be treated to champagne and sparkling lemonade, a cheese buffet, tastings, a chocolate dessert plate, and a specially crafted chocolate and cheese goodie bag to take home. Held at the beautiful VegNews’ offices in San Francisco’s Mission District, the neighborhood is full of vegan restaurants to enjoy a pre-event lunch or post-party dinner. Tickets are very limited and will sell out, so reserve your spot today!

GoogleLA Vegan Chocolate Demo @ Google LA
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

See the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building just two blocks from the beach and you’ll have found Google Los Angeles. I’m certainly looking forward to doing an Authors@Google talk and demonstration cooking class. As this is google, the food is fresh, organic and very vegan friendly. I’m making the Chocolate Torte to Live For, Ganache Glazed and serving the cakes with Vanila Cream and fresh berries. A YouTube Video will be made and I’ll post the link. Working at Google LA has it’s benefits.

Vida Vegan Con @ AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
May 29 – May 31 all-day

Vida Vegan Con

The weekend opens with Friday, May 29th’s Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre and heads to AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on Saturday and Sunday for two full days of conference happenings.


Vida Vegan Con 2015 weekend breakdown:
Friday = Vida Vegan Bazaar + expo + panels + demos + entertainment + food at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre (PLUS VVC-only first hour)
Saturday + Sunday = More traditional conference greatness of classes, presentations, panels, workshops and some epic vegan taco buffets at the AT&T Center.
Vida Vegan Con brings discussion to vegan business, health, lifestyle, media, a widespread of social issues, the culinary arts & so much more. See the full 2015 Agenda:


On Friday May 29, I will have a Decadent Chocolate Demo, 4:00pm-4:40pm at The Marchesa Hall’s theatre room during the Vida Vegan Bazaar.
On Saturday May 30, I will be Demo-ing the Demo, 9:45am-10:45am in Salon A @ AT&T Executive Education and Center Center


Visit to register

The Seed Experience @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm

The Seed Expo & Conference

The fourth annual The Seed Experience expo and conference takes place June 20th and 21st. Focusing on living a healthy, compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyle. The two-day festival will be filled with leading national brands and best-of-class local merchants featuring, sampling and selling their delicious plant-based foods, and environment-friendly, cruelty-free products and services. And, the most inspirational roster of speakers yet will be presenting and holding workshops that will empower and introduce you to a plant-based way of life, and answering any of your questions.

  • Over 100 exhibitors will be sampling, selling and showcasing their amazing products and services.
  • World-renowned speakers, doctors and nutritionists, and inspirational champion athletes will be presenting.
  • Top chefs will be giving cooking demonstration.
  • Various workshops will be offered.
  • Award-winning films will be screened with the director present for Q&A.

My cooking demo will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday.

The buy tickets visit:  Use the code “fran50″ when checking out for a 50% discount.



Vegano Italiano Festival
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

Vegano Italiano

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


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

Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive® @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 4 @ 4:30 pm

Vegan Baking Boot Camp Grads

1 lecture/demonstration; 4 all-day hands-on classes

  • Classes are limited to 14. The class is now full, but a waitlist is available
  • A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
  • Fran’s 2 cookbooks are included in the fee. 

1912481_507085732741835_989010418_nIf you’re on a mission to make world-class vegan desserts, sign on for some “basic training” in the field with the Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®. 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 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.

Visit to register.

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


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:

Main Street Vegan Academy
Oct 2 – Oct 7 all-day


A 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.


Visit the Main Street Vegan website for more information:

Coalition for Healthy School Foods Fall Gala @ Midtown Loft
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Learn about the work we are doing to get healthy food on the menus of schools and nutrition education in the classrooms. HUNGRY KIDS NEED HEALTHY FOOD! The gala will feature a plant-based tasting featuring incredible chefs and restaurants.

For more information visit:

Woodstock in Williamsburg
Oct 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Woodstock In Williamsburg!

Your favorite farm animal sanctuary is coming to Brooklyn. Please join Ethan Ciment and Michael SuchmanThe Vegan Mos, as they host an intimate fundraising party for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary at their home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A delicious fall dinner catered by white-hot chef Jay Astafa will be passed as we enjoy the views of the New York City Skyline from their spacious penthouse terrace.

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, Jenny Brown will be giving an update on the plans of the Sanctuary including the recent big move!

Tickets are $100. There is very limited space at this exclusive event and tickets must be purchased in advance.

The party is in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Exact address will be emailed to you in the “thank you” email you receive when you purchase tickets.

Can’t make it?  Join us in spirit by purchasing a virtual ticket! As our thank you for purchasing a virtual ticket, we will send you a new Woodstock Farm Sanctuary t-shirt.


Visit to purchase tickets.