Chef Fran Costigan


Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive® @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm

Bootcamp Group August 2015

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

  • Classes are limited to 14.
  • A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
  • Fran’s 2 cookbooks are included in the fee. 

DessertsIf 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.

To register, visit:

Main Street Vegan Academy
Apr 8 – Apr 13 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 will be speaking for the Academy on Monday, April 11th.


Visit the Main Street Vegan website for more information:

Fran’s Essential Vegan Desserts Course @ Online Self Based 3 month course
Nov 10 2016 – Feb 10 2017 all-day

I am so proud to offer this first of its kind, Essential Vegan Desserts Course with the renowned Rouxbe Online Cooking School. You may alreay know the school, which is home to chef Chad Sarno’s Plant-Based Professional Certification Course, or the Culinary RX and Forks Over Knives. If not, have a look and find the best ever platform for learning. For years, I’ve wanted to find a way to offer my popular Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive in a way that would be more in depth, more affordable, and more easily accessed, per the regular requests I’ve received. I researched the online offerings and when I found Rouxbe, I knew I had the best home for such a course. The team at Rouxbe– chefs Chad, Ken, and Eric – and I have collaborated to create a  course that I am truly proud to offer. The inagural class launches Nov 10th, but the beauty of an online class is that you start when you are ready. The 3 month course is self paced, and right now you’ll find a special early bird pricing of $599.00. (The full price is $799.00, still a fraction of the cost of the Boot Camp in NYC.)  Check out the syllabus, FAQ and some of the recipes and grab your seat now! I’d love to see you in class.


Raspberry Tart

Learn to make pies and tarts

Chocolate Torte to Live For

Learn the techniques for making reliably luscious desserts!

The Gift of Chocolate Class at Valrhona @ L'École Valrhona Brooklyn
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Spicy Ginger Truffles from Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan. Photo ©Kate Lewis

What’s more thoughtful than a decadent handmade treat?  Get in the holiday spirit with Fran!

Chef Fran will teach you all the tricks of the trade to create luscious holiday treats that travel well.

A Mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Truffles:

  • Bittersweet, Spicy and Orange Sesame
  • Vibrant Chocolate Mendiants with Dried Fruits & Nuts
  • Ganache Glazed Mini Fudge Cupcakes

Come and learn how to create these dairy/egg/gluten-free stunning handmade confections made with Valrhona’s exquisite dark chocolates. They will surely impress and delight your friends and relatives near and far.

Bring home your creations and receive a class recipe book, a Valrhona apron and a 20% discount on the Valrhona website.


Photo ©Kate Lewis