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.
Please RSVP to Assistant at FranCostigan.com if you plan on attending.
My vegan chocolate demo, after dinner on Friday night, Feb 6th kicks off this sensational weekend as you explore the divine world of chocolate at Mohonk Mountain House. If you love chocolate, this is the time to visit the mountaintop! Get the best recipes, advice and samplings from those who have made their chocolate passion a lifetime pursuit. Chocolate infused Mohonk—two great things mixed together to create the ultimate chocolate obsession.
ART OF CHOCOLATE SPECIAL—15% OFF OUR REGULAR RATES. BOOK NOW! When making reservations, be sure to specify THE ART OF CHOCOLATE. Inclusive rates feature bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets with dinner as a traditional served meal, afternoon tea and cookies, and most activities, including use of the indoor heated swimming pool in our Spa wing.
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.
Visit http://recreational.ice.edu/Courses/Detail/15295 to register.
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.
If 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.
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 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: http://mainstreetvegan.net/academy/
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 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!
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.