Chef Fran Costigan


Vegan Chocolate Valentine’s Day Desserts @ Institute for Culinary Education
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


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Fran Costigan is a veteran culinary instructor, cookbook author, and the “queen of vegan desserts.” She knows that even though you want vegan, gluten-free desserts, they can still be decadent enough to be worthy of Valentine’s Day. Now you’ll never have to spend too much time fussing over these desserts in order to ensure that they’re remarkably rich and and decidedly chocolatey. Your dessert menu consists of: Dark Chocolate Ganache-Glazed Gluten-Free Brownie Bites with Marzipan Hearts; White Chocolate, Pistachio, and Matcha Mousse Pudding with Pomegranate Seeds and Mochi Waffle Garnish; Mocha Creme Brûlée; Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies; Spice It Up Ginger Truffles; and Chocolate Jello Shots with Homemade Chocolate Vodka.

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Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp® @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm

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

  • Classes are limited to 14. REGISTER EARLY!
  • A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
  • Fran’s book is 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. 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 new 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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Vegano Italiano Preview and Tasting with Fran Costigan and Miyoko Schinner @ Trump Place
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Vegano Italiano with Fran & Miyoko

Please join Tierno Tours as we bring together two of our Festival’s special guests: desserts diva Fran Costigan and cheesemaker & restaurateur Miyoko Schinner. Besides sharing some first-hand accounts and deatils of our very special tours this July, we’ll share some of Fran’s stellar desserts, Miyoko’s renowned cheeses PLUS some Italian wines (red as well as white) from in and near the Cilento region. Think of it as Happy Hour Goes To Italy!

We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening previewing our week-long travel tours happening this July.
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Any ticket buyer that books one of VIF tours during February receives a $50 off credit.

To make inquiries about and secure reservations for Vegano Italiano, please contact Donna Zeigfinger of Green Earth Travel LLC at or 888.246.8343

La Fashionista Compassionista Launch Party @ Punto Space
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm



Fall in Love with Healthy School Food Luncheon at Candle Cafe West @ Candle Cafe West
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm



Luncheon at Candle Cafe West. Four reasons to fall in love with New York City school food and four ways to make it better. Enjoy lunch, learn about the issues, and how we can work together to make it better. Three course meal, raffle, and silent auction.

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Rouxbe Live Event – For the Love of Dairy Free Chocolate Desserts
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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I will discuss “Vegan Chocolate for Everyone” and share information about choosing and using high percentage chocolates and quality cocoa powders to make unapologetically luscious and decadent chocolate desserts in this free online event. I will speak about the importance of using foundational pastry technique to make the finest desserts. With Valentine Day approaching, let’s consider everyone’s favorite bean.

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Vegan Chocolate Delights at the NYC Veg Food Fest @ The Metropolitan Pavilion
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The 5th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion on March 14-15, 2015 with yummy food samples, inspiring speakers, and fun activities.

Chef Fran, the “Queen of Vegan Desserts” will demonstrate, and you will taste, some quick to make, easy to love desserts, all made with high-percentage ethical chocolate. Fran will offer tips, tricks, and information about types of chocolate as we celebrate everyone’s favorite bean!

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IACP Conference @ Marriott Renaissance
Mar 25 – Mar 30 all-day



The IACP 2015 Annual Conference takes place in Washington, D.C, March 27-30 at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel. I’ll be there as an attendee, not a speaker, but I’ll be blogging about the conference as well as the vegan scene in DC.

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Healthy Living Weekend at Mohonk Mountain House
Apr 10 – Apr 12 all-day

Healthy Living

Spend a weekend learning to eat for your heart, your weight, and your overall health with colorful and delicious foods! Explore and taste how eating healthy can be satisfying and flavorful with expert chefs and authors. My healthy Vegan Chocolate demo is Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.

Special rates are available. For reservations, please call (855) 883-3798. To learn more visit:

Main Street Vegan Academy
Apr 10 – Apr 15 all-day

MSVA LogoA 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.

The session is sold out, but a wait list is available. The next session is: June 5th – 10th.

Visit the Main Street Vegan website for more information: