Chef Fran Costigan


Best Ever Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes @ Institute of Culinary Education
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Everyone eats Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes for everyone

Reading, Tasting and Book Signing at Elevated Ice Cream Co. @ The Elevated Ice Cream Co.
Oct 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Arizona Vegetarian Food Fest @ The Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
Jan 10 all-day
Reading, Tasting and Book Signing at Changing Hands Bookstore @ Changing Hands Bookstore
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 Valentine’s Day Desserts @ Institute for Culinary Education
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


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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 to register.

Vegan Chocolate at Google YouTube @ Google You Tube Offices
Apr 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 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.

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


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:


The Gift of Chocolate Class at Valrhona @ L'École Valrhona Brooklyn
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Spicy Ginger Truffles from Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan. Photo ©Kate Lewis

What’s more thoughtful than a decadent handmade treat?  Get in the holiday spirit with Fran!

Chef Fran will teach you all the tricks of the trade to create luscious holiday treats that travel well.

A Mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Truffles:

  • Bittersweet, Spicy and Orange Sesame
  • Vibrant Chocolate Mendiants with Dried Fruits & Nuts
  • Ganache Glazed Mini Fudge Cupcakes

Come and learn how to create these dairy/egg/gluten-free stunning handmade confections made with Valrhona’s exquisite dark chocolates. They will surely impress and delight your friends and relatives near and far.

Bring home your creations and receive a class recipe book, a Valrhona apron and a 20% discount on the Valrhona website.


Photo ©Kate Lewis