Chef Fran Costigan


Best Ever Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes @ Institute of Culinary Education
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Everyone eats Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes for everyone

Portland VegFest 2014 @ Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall A
Sep 27 @ 9:30 am – Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm


Portland VegFest Logo

Portland VegFest Logo

I’m very happy to a doing a cooking demo and book signings Saturday and Sunday,  Sept, 27 and 28th in Portland at Oregon’s largest plant-based food event! 

  • Free samples of hundreds of different foods!
  • Speakers
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Ask the Experts
  • Family and Teen Activities
  • Restaurants
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Film Screenings
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival @ Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm



This Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!

Whether you are a longtime vegetarian or vegan, or someone simply wanting to add more delicious plant-based foods to your meal repertoire, or if you are just curious what it’s all about, you are welcome here! We offer you free admission, free food sampling, free speaker presentations, free parking and a T stop across the street.

You also can learn of ways to help animals and protect the environment, and enhance your health and well being. There are activities for kids, too!

I’ll be doing a baking demo on Sunday. The time is TBD.


Art of Chocolate Weekend @ Mohonk Mountain House
Feb 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm


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.

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!

For more information or to buy tickets visit

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:  Use the code “fran50″ when checking out for a 50% discount.



Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive© @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 4 @ 4:30 pm

Vegan Baking Boot Camp Grads

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

  • Classes are limited to 14. The class is now full, but a waitlist is available
  • A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
  • Fran’s 2 cookbooks are 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 with the Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive©. 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 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.

Visit to register.