Chef Fran Costigan


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.

Visit the IACP website for more information:

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:


Vida Vegan Con Google Hangout
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

vvc3-badge-300x300I’ll be joining the Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series on March 22nd at 5:00pm eastern time. Join the Google Hangout here:


Nurture Your Health Forum
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UC Davis

Do you still have questions about the best way to transition to a plant-based lifestyle? Excited about tapping into the power of plant-based and yet discouraged by the day-to-day challenges?

Join us at our star-studded event and you will:

  • Get ALL your tough plant-based questions answered by the pros
  • Discover the REAL truth about Fats, Carbs and Proteins
  • Receive exclusive healthy recipes that can be made in less than 5 minutes!
  • And so much more!

At our once-in-a-lifetime summit, never before has so much talent and plant-based expertise been gathered under one virtual roof.

Hosted By: Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD
Dr. Rosane Oliveira is Founding Director of the Integrative Medicine program and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis.


Meet Our Rock Star Roster of the World’s Top Plant-Based Chefs and RDNs and See What Are Some of the Sizzling Subjects We Will Cover:

Thursday, April 23: Spicing Things Up
How to Add Fun and Flavor to Every Plant-Based Meal
Chef Chad Sarno


Friday, April 24: The Fat Map
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fat but Were Too Afraid to Ask 

The Bounty of Breakfast
Chef AJ

The Ultimate Fat Chat
Julieanna Hever, MS, RDN, CPT
Plant-Based Dietitian and Author, The Vegiterranean Diet

The Perfect Potato
Chef Ramses Bravo
Executive Chef, True North Health Center


Saturday, April 25: The Carb and Protein Scene
The Real Truth Behind the Hype and Myths

The Great Carbohydrate Debate
Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN

Taking on Baking
Chef Fran Costigan

Putting Protein in Its Place
Andy Bellatti, MS, RDN


Sunday, April 26: Putting Plant-Based Living Into Practice
Greens, Gyms and Genes

How to Eat When You Exercise
Cameron Wells, MPH, RDN

Sizzle up Your Salad
Chef Maria Clementi
Healthy Eating Specialist, Whole Foods Market

Are We Born to Be Fat (or Skinny?)
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

Visit to register.


Vegan Chocolate at Google YouTube @ Google You Tube Offices
Apr 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

I’m very excited to see the beautiful space that is the Google YouTube offices in San Bruno, CA. Working with this team, including the pastry chef has been a dream. Did you know that the ingredients are local, organic and fair-traded? The pastry team is making the Ganache Glazed Chocolate Torte to Live For, both wheat and gluten free versions and serving the Vanilla Pastry Cream from Vegan Chocolate. My cookbook trailer, as seen on YouTube will be shown and some of the ingredients from the recipes will be set out in an area of the cafe. I’ll be available to answer questions about the recipes. Do you think the googlers will like the cakes? I’ll be surprised if they don’t. Books will be available for purchase.

VegNews Vegan Chocolate & Cheese Soirée @ VegNews Magazine
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VegNews Vegan Chocolate & Cheese Soirée

VegNews Presents …
A Vegan Chocolate & Cheese Soirée
with Fran Costigan and Miyoko Schinner

Join chefs and cookbook authors Fran Costigan and Miyoko Schinner for an unforgettable evening of demonstrations, chocolate and cheese tastings, champagne, book signings, and more hosted by VegNews’ Publisher Colleen Holland.

Author of Vegan Chocolate and renowned New York City pastry chef, Fran will teach guests all about vegan chocolate while demonstrating how to make decadent ganache, pudding, tortes, cakes, frosting, and truffles.

Founder of vegan cheese company, Miyoko’s Creamery, and author of Artisan Vegan Cheese, Miyoko will share the secrets to sumptuous homemade vegan cheese while preparing feta, cream cheese, and her French-inspired favorites.

Guests will be treated to champagne and sparkling lemonade, a cheese buffet, tastings, a chocolate dessert plate, and a specially crafted chocolate and cheese goodie bag to take home. Held at the beautiful VegNews’ offices in San Francisco’s Mission District, the neighborhood is full of vegan restaurants to enjoy a pre-event lunch or post-party dinner. Tickets are very limited and will sell out, so reserve your spot today!

GoogleLA Vegan Chocolate Demo @ Google LA
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

See the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building just two blocks from the beach and you’ll have found Google Los Angeles. I’m certainly looking forward to doing an Authors@Google talk and demonstration cooking class. As this is google, the food is fresh, organic and very vegan friendly. I’m making the Chocolate Torte to Live For, Ganache Glazed and serving the cakes with Vanila Cream and fresh berries. A YouTube Video will be made and I’ll post the link. Working at Google LA has it’s benefits.

Vida Vegan Con @ AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
May 29 – May 31 all-day

Vida Vegan Con

The weekend opens with Friday, May 29th’s Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre and heads to AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on Saturday and Sunday for two full days of conference happenings.


Vida Vegan Con 2015 weekend breakdown:
Friday = Vida Vegan Bazaar + expo + panels + demos + entertainment + food at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre (PLUS VVC-only first hour)
Saturday + Sunday = More traditional conference greatness of classes, presentations, panels, workshops and some epic vegan taco buffets at the AT&T Center.
Vida Vegan Con brings discussion to vegan business, health, lifestyle, media, a widespread of social issues, the culinary arts & so much more. See the full 2015 Agenda:


On Friday May 29, I will have a Decadent Chocolate Demo, 4:00pm-4:40pm at The Marchesa Hall’s theatre room during the Vida Vegan Bazaar.
On Saturday May 30, I will be Demo-ing the Demo, 9:45am-10:45am in Salon A @ AT&T Executive Education and Center Center


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