Chef Fran Costigan

Calendar

May
25
Sun
American Vegan Garden Party @ AVS Headquarters
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
AVS Garden Party

AVS Garden Party Lunch, Music, Speakers and fun

Jun
2
Mon
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

Jul
2
Wed
Vegetarian Summerfest 2104 (NAVS) @ University of Pittsburgh
Jul 2 – Jul 7 all-day

The 40th annual conference is set for July 2 – 6 at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the picturesque campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails.

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Registrants are offered two package options:

  • FULL PACKAGE: July 2 – 6 (five days, four nights). The program begins Wednesday afternoon (July 2).
  • WEEKEND PACKAGE: July 4- 6 (three days, two nights). The program begins Friday evening

The education program for all packages concludes Sunday afternoon.

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

Click here for a PDF of the full 2013 program and check out the NAVS website for updates and registration

Jul
11
Fri
Extra-Luscious Vegan Cupcakery @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 11 @ 10:00 pm
Everyone eats Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes for everyone

Tonight we’ll explore two distinct styles of cupcake: the kind with frosting on top and cake through and through, and the frosted cream-filled variety. All vegan, all irresistible. Come bake and decorate them and take a box with you to nibble on at home. Chocolate Pudding-Filled & Frosted Chocolate Chip Cupcakes • “Buttermilk” Cupcakes with Natural Pink Icing • Chocolate Cupcakes with Piped Chocolate Cream • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Water Glaze • Carrot-Coconut Cupcakes with Double Coconut Cream & Candied Coconut • Mostess Cream-Filled Cupcakes. (Vegan)

Jul
30
Wed
Vegan Sweets & Treats #VeganFoodChat
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Vegan baking is serious…seriously good! I will be the special guest for #VeganFoodChat on Wednesday, July 30th at 8:00pm EST.

Want to chat along with me? Here’s how:

1. Visit our #VeganFoodChat “chatroom” at http://nurph.com/VeganFoodChat

2. Log in using your Twitter username and password

3. Tweet along! No need to type the hashtag. It’ll be added for you!

4. You can still reply and retweet just like you would on Twitter.

Rather stay on Twitter? No problem! Just follow & add the hashtag #VeganFoodChat to your tweets to stay in the conversation!

Aug
9
Sat
The Seed @ 82Mercer, NYC @ 82Mercer
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm

See.. Eat.. Hear.. FEEL VEGAN.  Two days of vegan exploration await you. Nourish your taste buds on scrumptious plant-based food from New York’s famed vegan restaurants – the best in the world! Get inspired by world-renowned speakers, champion athletes, and top chefs. Provoke new thoughts with award-winning films and their directors. Discover the vast market of cruelty-free products and services. And much more.

The Seed invites the vegan-curious, vegan-skeptical, and vegan choir to explore what we have to offer today. You’ll gain understanding of the endless benefits of a compassionate, healthful, and earth-conscious existence of the vegan & plant-based lifestyle.

I’ll be making Irresistible Vegan Chocolate Desserts For Everyone in the Demo Room at 2:00pm on Sunday, the 10th.

Aug
19
Tue
Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm

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.

1912481_507085732741835_989010418_nIf 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.
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Sep
27
Sat
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
Oct
8
Wed
Reading, Tasting and Book Signing at Elevated Ice Cream Co. @ The Elevated Ice Cream Co.
Oct 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Oct
18
Sat
Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

1337I’ll be the featured author at this year’s Walk for Farm Animals. I will have copies for Vegan Chocolate and More Great Good Dairy-Free Dessserts for sale at a discount, and a percentage of sales will be donated to Farm Sanctuary.

The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds about farm animals. Will you join us in New York to support compassion for all?

  • Early adult registration is only $15
  • Event-day registration will be $25
  • Children under 18 are FREE!
  • Guest Speaker: Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-founder 

Walk Details

1097Central Park (Merchant’s Gate)
October 18, 2014

Check-in: 10 AM
Yoga Stretch: 10:30 AM (provided by Derek Pashupa Goodwin)
Walk: 11 AM – 2 PM

*We will start the 2.25 mile route at 11 AM and will walk for about 1 hour. Celebration to follow.*

Directions and Parking: The New York Walk will be held at Central Park. You can enter “4 Columbus Circle, New York, NY” into your GPS for directions to the general area. We will meet at Merchant’s Gate which is at the Columbus Circle entrance to the park (SW corner). For a visual guide, we will be at the red box on this map . The closest subway station is 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A, C, D, 1). You may plan your trip using public transportation at MTA.info. For those parking, you can visit this site to find the best parking rates for the area.

Entertainment: Musical entertainment to be announced.

Children’s Costume Contest: This year we will be holding a children’s costume contest at the New York Walk! Participants must be ages 12 and under and you may come dressed as anything you wish (it does not have to be animal oriented). Participants will be judged on realism and creativity! Extra points if it looks like you are having loads of fun! The winner will receive a prize, and there will be runner up prizes as well! We look forward to seeing what the younger generation of farm animal lovers will surprise us with! Any questions, please contact Farm Sanctuary: nyc@walkforfarmanimals.org.

1377Book Signing: Fran Costigan, “Queen of Vegan Desserts!” Fran is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, author and consultant whose innovative recipes marry healthy eating with sumptuous tastes. A professionally trained pastry chef, Fran worked in both traditional and vegan kitchens before moving into teaching over 22 years ago. She will be selling her books, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts and More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, at the Walk. Please bring cash to purchase.

Walk Information

The 2.25 mile Walk route can be found here. The Walk will be held rain or shine. Dogs are welcome at this event.