October 2013 – February 2015
Explore two distinct styles of cupcake: the kind that are cake through and through and the kind with the cushy cream fillings. All vegan, all irresistible. Come bake and decorate them and take a box to nibble on at home.
Chocolate Pudding-Filled & Frosted Chocolate Chip Cupcakes • “Buttermilk” Cupcakes with Natural Pink Icing • Chocolate Soy-Free Cupcakes with Piped Chocolate Cream • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Water Glaze • Carrot-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Cream & Candied Coconut • Hostess with the Mostess Cupcakes.
Celebrate the launch of Chef Fran Costigan’s new book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts. This highly-anticipated relesase features truly indulgent vegan chocolate desserts: chocolate cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, and much more. All are within reach: dairy-free, organic, fair-trade, and sublime.
Fran’s book will be available for purchase and signing before it is released to the public!
Sample some of her favorite recipes, plus mingle with Fran and her fans.
Enter the raffle for a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including admission to one of Fran’s upcoming classes!
All proceeds will go to the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
In celebration of Fran Costigan’s new chocolate dessert cookbook, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, tonight’s class will feature her best creations from the outrageously scrumptious, creamy chocolate category.
5-Minute Magic Chocolate Mousse • Chocolate Black Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk and Mango • Chocolate Date and Chia Pudding • Chocolate Jello Shots with Optional Chocolate Vodka • Chocolate Cashew Cream Pudding • Mocha Crème Brûlée • Chocolate Panna Cotta • White Chocolate and Matcha Mousse with Mochi Garnish. (Vegan and gluten-free; optional alcohol.)
If “vegan chocolate” sounds counter-intuitive, you haven?t read Fran Costigan’s stunning new book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts! For this class, Fran has selected a superb sampling of chocolate cakes and frostings which are all dairy, egg, and refined-sugar free with some are even gluten-free. All are guaranteed to satisfy even the most ardent chocoholics??even the vegan doubters.
Recipes on your menu: Bittersweet Ganache Glazed Chocolate Torte; Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake; The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte; Chocolate, Orange, and Almond Olive Oil Cake with Chocolate Orange Glaze; Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake; Mix-in-Pan Chocolate Cake; Gluten-Free Brownie Bites; Black Bottom Cupcakes; and more!
If excellent vegan chocolate dessert sounds counterintuitive, you haven’t seen Fran Costigan’s stunning new cookbook, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts. An internationally renowned cooking teacher and cookbook author, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan restaurant kitchens before moving into teaching over 20 years ago. For this class, Fran has selected a superb sampling of recipes from Vegan Chocolate to demonstrate. All are dairy, egg, white sugar and cholesterol-free, and for this class, most are gluten free, or can be made gluten free. These recipes feature premium quality chocolate and easy to find ingredients. Most importantly, every recipe is unconditionally guaranteed to satisfy even the most ardent chocoholics.
• Chocolate Pudding Filled and Frosted Blackout Layer Cake
• Ganache Glazed Gluten-Free Brownie Bites
• Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles
• White Russians with House Made Chocolate Vodka
Copies of Fran Costigan’s Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts will be available for purchase, and Fran will be happy to personalize yours.
From the VegFest organizers: Atlanta Veg Fest is excited to announce another speaker for this year’s event: the talented Fran Costigan Vegan Pastry Chef! Fran will be showing us how to make vegan truffles and signing copies of her upcoming title, Vegan Chocolate. Books will be for sale at the event. Mmmm, chocolate…
I’ll be reading from Vegan Chocolate and passing tastes of chocolate recipes in the book. Meet and mingle, have a bite, buy a book for a holiday gift and maybe some new vegan shoes too! Please come to say hi and bring your friends!
Menu will include: Truffles, Chocolate Crostini, Tootsie-Roll-Ish logs, Gluten Free Chocolate Cakes, and who knows what else! :D
RSVPs appreciated at the Meetup link: http://www.meetup.com/nyceatup/events/149288222/ or to Esther Oakley at Assistant@francostigan.com.
I’d love to see you there!
Not for nothing was chocolate once known as “food of the gods.” But success in making delicious bliss-in-every-bite chocolate truffles rests on the foundation of essential techniques and ingredients. Fran will discuss the best way to melt chocolate and why we “seed” to “temper” it, and how to choose among a variety of non-dairy options to replace the cream and butter. We’ll make traditional rolled truffles and also cut and shape some, in flavors ranging from classic to thrillingly new. They’re all vegan, gluten-free and can be made ahead and stored in your freezer until needed.
Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles • Dark Chocolate Cashew Cream Truffles • Lemon-Olive Oil Truffles • Spicy Ginger Truffles • Curry in a Hurry Truffles • Aztec Truffles • Double Espresso Truffles • “Crème Fraîche” Truffles • Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles • Cake Truffles • Raw Cacao Super Food Truffles . (Vegan and gluten-free)
I’m joining the Cookbook Club with Vegan Mainstream, hanging out on this Google+ community for week of December 9th. Live chat December 11th.
Please join me!
About this community
Vegan Mainstream’s Cookbook Club is designed help new and veteran vegans to expand their cooking palettes. Each week we cook together as a group sharing recipes, ideas and suggestions around a specific theme. Our featured chef for the week contributes articles and shares recipes to help vegans everywhere cook more knowledgeably, healthfully and deliciously!
How It Works:
Each Monday, we will announce our chef of the week and their featured recipe.
On Tuesday our featured chef’s second recipe will be posted in the group.
On Wednesday evenings, we will host a live chat with our featured vegan chef (don’t forget to register for each live chat)
By Thursday, we encourage the group to make at least one of the recipes posted during the week. We’d love to see a photo of your creation and any variation you made to the recipe. (please post your photos in the group)
Sometime during the week our featured chef will share their personal tips and advice with the group through an article on the Vegan Mainstream blog.
Please read the guidelines below, including no self-promotion of books, products, communities, events or giveaways.
We welcome any questions during the week, even if they seem a little outside of the current theme of the week. We want to be a support system for the group, so if you need help, feel free to ask.
We love conversation, so feel free to start a discussion with our featured chef.
Have a tip to share?
Feel free to post the tip in it’s entirety in the Google plus post.
We ask you to post photos of your creations that are related to the theme of the week. Feel free to upload as many photos as you like…..as long as they are your own photos.
Feel free to share your favorite recipe in google plus. We encourage you to include the full recipe with a photo in the post to make it easier for the group. If it is not your own recipe, please credit the source.
You can include a link to a blog post, as long as it relevant to the current theme of the week; however, please do not post links with no other content. (posts not related to the theme of the week will be removed)
Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate demos, pairings, and decadent samples from the experts.
Chef Fran will launch the weekend with an all chocolate demo and tasting.
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. 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 learn to use ingredients specific to vegan baking and gain the confidence to adapt many standard recipes to delicious vegan versions. Quality organic, seasonal ingredients will be emphasized, including whole grain flours, organic fair-traded sweeteners (both liquid and granulated), vegan gelatin (agar-agar), arrowroot and kuzu starches, non-dairy milks, sulfite-free fruit, chocolate, cocoa, pure extracts, leavening agents and much more. Novice and experienced bakers alike 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.
- Classes are limited to 14.
- A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
- Fran’s book is included in the fee.
Fran will be teaching a dessert demo and classes.
The rates and details on the website are not current for 2014. The updated details are coming in January!
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Enjoy a Winter Getaway in 2015 and improve your outlook on life while we sail together from NYC to sunny Florida and the Bahamas February 22 to March 01, 2015
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Reserve by December 31, 2013 with a refundable deposit, and receive an additional $100 per person savings.