Chef Fran Costigan


September – November 2014

Get Waisted Radio Show with Rene’ Steelman
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


I’ll be chatting desserts, chocolate, veganism, business, and life with my friend Rene Steelman on her radio show. Please tune in and Call in here with questions or comments or just to say hi. Rene is a director of Get Waisted Northwest, as well as a graduate of Victoria Moran‘s Main Street Vegan Academy
CALL-IN: 1-877-230-3062

Lunch Hour Film Screening @ Suite ThreeOhSix
Sep 15 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) invites you to a screening of Lunch Hour by James Costa

Suite ThreeOhSix

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Screening will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m.


Following the 75 minute screening, there will be a Q&A Session with Amie Hamlin, Joy Pierson, and Bart Potenza



Lunch Hour explores America’s National School Lunch Program which exposes children to unhealthy, but culturally accepted foods at a young age.


The feature length documentary features:

Amie Hamlin- Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

Joy Pierson- Co-Owner of Candle Cafe and CHSF Board Member

Bart Potenza- Co-Owner of Candle Cafe and CHSF Board Member

As well as Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Marion Nestle, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Peter Eisler, and Alex Jamieson.


For more information about Lunch Hour, visit:



100% of the ticket sales will help support the Coalition for Healthy School Food

Vegan appetizers will be provided by Candle Cafe & GustOrganics before the screening

Desserts following the screening will be provided by D’Vida Health Bar


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
NW Chocolate Fest @ Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Oct 3 @ 9:30 am – Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm

NW Chocolate FestThis is the Ultimate Chocolate Lovers Dream Come True with over 80 of the finest craft chocolate and confection companies, culinary demonstrations, seminars,  and more. Fran is thrilled to be presenting  two chocolate demos with tastings on the Culinary Stage: Sat Oct 4th at 10am and Sunday Oct 5th at 4pm. Her cookbook, Vegan Chocolate will be available for purchase too.

Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

1337The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds about farm animals. Will you join us in New York to support compassion for all?

  • Early adult registration is only $15
  • Event-day registration will be $25
  • Children under 18 are FREE!
  • Guest Speaker: Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-founder 

Walk Details

1097Central Park (Merchant’s Gate)
October 18, 2014

Check-in: 10 AM
Yoga Stretch: 10:30 AM (provided by Derek Pashupa Goodwin)
Walk: 11 AM – 2 PM

*We will start the 2.25 mile route at 11 AM and will walk for about 1 hour. Celebration to follow.*

Directions and Parking: The New York Walk will be held at Central Park. You can enter “4 Columbus Circle, New York, NY” into your GPS for directions to the general area. We will meet at Merchant’s Gate which is at the Columbus Circle entrance to the park (SW corner). For a visual guide, we will be at the red box on this map . The closest subway station is 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A, C, D, 1). You may plan your trip using public transportation at For those parking, you can visit this site to find the best parking rates for the area.

Entertainment: Musical entertainment to be announced.

Children’s Costume Contest: This year we will be holding a children’s costume contest at the New York Walk! Participants must be ages 12 and under and you may come dressed as anything you wish (it does not have to be animal oriented). Participants will be judged on realism and creativity! Extra points if it looks like you are having loads of fun! The winner will receive a prize, and there will be runner up prizes as well! We look forward to seeing what the younger generation of farm animal lovers will surprise us with! Any questions, please contact Farm Sanctuary:

1377Book Signing: Fran Costigan, “Queen of Vegan Desserts!” Fran is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, author and consultant whose innovative recipes marry healthy eating with sumptuous tastes. A professionally trained pastry chef, Fran worked in both traditional and vegan kitchens before moving into teaching over 22 years ago. She will be selling her books, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts and More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, at the Walk. Please bring cash to purchase.

Walk Information

The 2.25 mile Walk route can be found here. The Walk will be held rain or shine. Dogs are welcome at this event.

Vegan Chocolate Desserts @ Institute of Culinary Education @ Institute of Culinary Education
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For LR

Everyone loves chocolate—and being vegan doesn’t mean you have to go without it! What better expert to teach you the ins and outs of sweet, vegan chocolate-y goodness than Fran Costigan, author of “Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts”? You’ll also learn how to make gluten-free variations for some of the recipes. Your decadent menu includes: Intensely Chocolate Trifle; Sacher Torte; Blackout Cake; and Eclairs.