Chef Fran Costigan

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

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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!

For more information or to buy tickets visit http://nycvegfoodfest.com

Apr
30
Thu
Vegan Chocolate at Google YouTube @ Google You Tube Offices
Apr 30 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 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.

May
7
Thu
GoogleLA Vegan Chocolate Demo @ Google LA
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 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.

Jun
20
Sat
The Seed Experience @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm

The Seed Expo & Conference

The fourth annual The Seed Experience expo and conference takes place June 20th and 21st. Focusing on living a healthy, compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyle. The two-day festival will be filled with leading national brands and best-of-class local merchants featuring, sampling and selling their delicious plant-based foods, and environment-friendly, cruelty-free products and services. And, the most inspirational roster of speakers yet will be presenting and holding workshops that will empower and introduce you to a plant-based way of life, and answering any of your questions.

  • Over 100 exhibitors will be sampling, selling and showcasing their amazing products and services.
  • World-renowned speakers, doctors and nutritionists, and inspirational champion athletes will be presenting.
  • Top chefs will be giving cooking demonstration.
  • Various workshops will be offered.
  • Award-winning films will be screened with the director present for Q&A.

My cooking demo will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday.

The buy tickets visit: http://theseedexperience.com/expo2015/ticket/  Use the code “fran50″ when checking out for a 50% discount.

 

 

Jul
6
Mon
Vegetarian Summerfest @ Conference Center at Pitt-Johnson University
Jul 6 – Jul 10 all-day

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The 42st annual conference is set for July 6 – 10, 2016, at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown on the University of Pittsburg campus at Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The conference features experts in the fields of health, nutrition, animal rights, the environment, exercise and related lifestyle areas, plus talented chefs.

Fran will be speaking at the conference, as well as attending classes.

Visit the Vegetarian Summerfest website for more information: http://www.vegetariansummerfest.org/index.htm

Jul
25
Sat
Vegano Italiano Festival
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

Vegano Italiano

Tierno Tours and Green Earth Travel invite you to join me for a one week vegan tour in Italy’s Amalfi coast region.

On this tour, you will be taken to Cilento, Vetri Sul Mare, Felitto, the Monastery of Padula,Villa Cosilinum, Palinuro, the Castle of Roccadaspide, the Amalfi Coast, the port of Salerno, Pompeii and Peastum. Attendees stay at one of six B&Bs in the National Park of Cilento – Italy’s second largest national park. Cilento is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area. Historically, the Cilentana diet is hugely plant-based, and organic too. So the area is incredibly vegan-friendly!

The fully escorted one-week tour will include:

  • 7 Breakfasts continental
  • 4 Lunches, including wine
  • 7 Dinners, including wine
  • 7 Nights in four-star Villa/B&B
  • Transfers to and from Naples Airport
  • Admission to sites on tour
  • English speaking guide the entire stay
  • First class motor coach
  • Tips for baggage handling, taxes and hotel gratuity, except Tour Director

 

VEGANO ITALIANO ITINERARY 8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS STARTING FROM $2,595
Optional departure from U.S. on overnight flight to Naples (D, B on board flight)

Day 1 – Saturday
Arrive in Naples airport (NAP), ride down to Cilento, stopping in Vetri Sul Mare – a small town where we will see ceramic making demos in almost every shop along Main Street. Then continue on to check into villas and gather together for a welcome dinner with your special guest/s (L, D)

Day 2 – Sunday
Felitto – Harvest nature walk, where we will learn about all the wild greens, vegetables and herbs that have been used for centuries in the local dishes of Cilento. After our harvest walk, we will have lunch in a local farm house. After lunch, we can choose to take a
ride down the river on a paddle boat* or a nature walk throughout the mountains of Felitto (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Monday
Our first stop is the Monastery of Padula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest antiquity of southern Italy. We will have lunch in Villa Cosilinum, a beautiful restored villa at the top of this village. After lunch, we will have a tour of Joe Petrosino’s home before heading back to the villa for dinner and cooking lesson (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Tuesday
Drive down the Coast of Cilento to the village of Palinuro, where we will get our boat ride to the five grottos (caves) of the cape. We will have lunch overlooking the water and then free time on the beach. Dinner includes a cooking lesson. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Wednesday
Tour of the Castle of Roccadaspide, built in 1242 by Fredrick II, passed down to the Duke Ettore Giuliani, who will give us the tour himself. After lunch at a local trattoria we will take a ride to the city of Agropoli where we will have free time to explore the city. Next we will drive back to the villa for Pizza Night, we will make our own brick oven pizza (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Thursday
We are heading to the Amalfi Coast. Leaving from the port of Salerno you can choose to spend the morning in Positano or the Island of Capri. Dinner back at the villa (B, D)

Day 7 – Friday
We are spending our last day in Pompeii we will have a two hour guided tour of the ancient city then drive back to the villa stopping at Peastum where you can see three of the best preserved collections of Greek temples outside of Greece. (B, D)
We will provide a list of things to do and vegan friendly places to eat and offer the option to come with us to see your favorite spots on free days.

Day 8 – Saturday
Transfer to Naples airport (NAP) (B)
*Boat rides are subject to weather and seasons

Please contact Donna of Green Earth Travel for bookings, questions, etc. at (301) 229-5666 or info@greenearthtravel.com

Sep
19
Sat
Vegan Vacation at Sea
Sep 19 – Sep 26 all-day

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Join me along with Miyoko Schinner, the Vegan Black Metal Chef, and  The Vegan Zombie on an unforgettable voyage full of wonderful vegan cuisine, beautiful scenery with private vegan shore excursions available only to our group, and of course… like minded vegan people! 

We will be sailing on the Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam to Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria B.C. We are focused on one thing: providing an absolutely FUN sailing, complete with awesome vegan cuisine and awesome vegan peeps. You will enjoy the yummy food, you will have fun, and you will meet new lifelong friends…we promise! Vegan Vacation at Sea will tempt your vegan sensibilities and taste buds with these exclusive offerings:

  • Cooking demonstrations by me and other vegan chefs in the ms Westerdam’s fantastic Culinary Arts Center
  • Exclusive vegan menu featuring recipes from the cruise’s featured chefs
  • Exclusive vegan shore excursions available ONLY for our group
  • Exclusive vegan private parties and social events
  • Vegan swag bag
  • Vegan Vacation at Sea T-shirt

For more information or to book your vacation, visit: http://www.vegancruiseplanners.com/regisweb_groups/reg/4394

Jan
9
Sat
Arizona Vegetarian Food Fest @ The Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Jan 10 @ 5:00 pm

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The Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival takes place on January 9th and 10th, 2016, at the Scottsdale Civic Amphitheater in Scottsdale, AZ. I’ll be doing chocolate demos at 12:15pm each day.

Visit their website for more information: http://azvegfoodfest.com

 

Mar
6
Sun
Sweet and Savory Sicily with Fran Costigan @ 160 Riverside Blvd Apartments, in the Party Room
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sweet and Savory Sicily with Fran CositganPlease join Vegano Italiano Tours as we explore the tastes of Sicily with desserts diva Fran Costigan. Besides sharing first-hand accounts and details of our very special tour this October, we’ll enjoy Fran’s interpretation of Sicilian sweets, and savory specialties too. PLUS there will be some Italian wines (red as well as white) from this diverse, interesting and historic island. 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. You can learn more about each tour now by reading our flyer or web page. Any ticket buyer that books one of the 2016 Vegano Italiano Tours during March receives $50 off the price.Please be in touch with Donna Zeigfinger of Green Earth Travel with any tour questions at info@veganoitaliano.com

When: Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) Where: 160 Riverside Blvd Apartments – 160 Riverside Boulevard. Party room. New York, NY 10069

To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-and-savory-sicily-with-fran-costigan-tickets-21569508982?aff=affiliatefran

Oct
6
Thu
Vegan Trip to Sicily with Fran @ Sicily
Oct 6 – Oct 14 all-day
The city of Noto in Sicily

The city of Noto in Sicily

 

Experience 9 days on this dream trip to Sicily with Chef Fran Costigan. Come with me to Catania, Siricusa and the Island of Ortigia, Noto, and Modica, which is the chocolate capital of Italy, stunning Ragusa, Taormina, the gem of Sicily, and head to Mt Etna. We’ll enjoy meals featuring the freshet, seasonal, local vegetables and fruits, beans and grains, gelato and chocolate, regional wine and extra virgin olive oil. Cooking lessons with me and Michelin-starred chefs, tours with local guides, shopping and relaxing…. you’ll leave with new friends for life and memories to last a lifetime. Linited to just 16 guests, this is truly a magical trip. I hope you will come along with me.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy charming hotel stays in Ortigia, Modica and Taormina
  • Savor meals tailored by Fran and Michelin-starred chefs of Sicily
  • Visit and learn about the home of Aztec chocolate, Modica 
  • Discover Mt. Etna and the treasures of Sicily through local guides
  • Experience a truly one of a kind culinary tour