Chef Fran Costigan

Calendar

July 2014 – September 2015

Jul
2
Wed
Vegetarian Summerfest 2104 (NAVS) @ University of Pittsburgh
Jul 2 – Jul 7 all-day

The 40th annual conference is set for July 2 – 6 at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the picturesque campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails.

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Registrants are offered two package options:

  • FULL PACKAGE: July 2 – 6 (five days, four nights). The program begins Wednesday afternoon (July 2).
  • WEEKEND PACKAGE: July 4- 6 (three days, two nights). The program begins Friday evening

The education program for all packages concludes Sunday afternoon.

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

Click here for a PDF of the full 2013 program and check out the NAVS website for updates and registration

Aug
9
Sat
The Seed @ 82Mercer, NYC @ 82Mercer
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm

See.. Eat.. Hear.. FEEL VEGAN.  Two days of vegan exploration await you. Nourish your taste buds on scrumptious plant-based food from New York’s famed vegan restaurants – the best in the world! Get inspired by world-renowned speakers, champion athletes, and top chefs. Provoke new thoughts with award-winning films and their directors. Discover the vast market of cruelty-free products and services. And much more.

The Seed invites the vegan-curious, vegan-skeptical, and vegan choir to explore what we have to offer today. You’ll gain understanding of the endless benefits of a compassionate, healthful, and earth-conscious existence of the vegan & plant-based lifestyle.

I’ll be making Irresistible Vegan Chocolate Desserts For Everyone in the Demo Room at 2:00pm on Sunday, the 10th.

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

 

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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
Oct
25
Sat
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival @ Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm

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This Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!

Whether you are a longtime vegetarian or vegan, or someone simply wanting to add more delicious plant-based foods to your meal repertoire, or if you are just curious what it’s all about, you are welcome here! We offer you free admission, free food sampling, free speaker presentations, free parking and a T stop across the street.

You also can learn of ways to help animals and protect the environment, and enhance your health and well being. There are activities for kids, too!

I’ll be doing a baking demo on Sunday. The time is TBD.

 

Jan
10
Sat
Arizona Vegetarian Food Fest @ The Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
Jan 10 all-day
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