Chef Fran Costigan


Best Ever Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes @ Institute of Culinary Education
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Everyone eats Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes for everyone

Portland VegFest 2014 @ Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall A
Sep 27 @ 9:30 am – Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm


Portland VegFest Logo

Portland VegFest Logo

I’m very happy to a doing a cooking demo and book signings Saturday and Sunday,  Sept, 27 and 28th in Portland at Oregon’s largest plant-based food event! 

  • Free samples of hundreds of different foods!
  • Speakers
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Ask the Experts
  • Family and Teen Activities
  • Restaurants
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Film Screenings
Reading, Tasting and Book Signing at Elevated Ice Cream Co. @ The Elevated Ice Cream Co.
Oct 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Art of Chocolate Weekend @ Mohonk Mountain House
Feb 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm


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.

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.

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