Chef Fran Costigan

Calendar

October 2014 – July 2015

Oct
3
Fri
NW Chocolate Fest @ Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Oct 3 @ 9:30 am – Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm

NW Chocolate FestThis is the Ultimate Chocolate Lovers Dream Come True with over 80 of the finest craft chocolate and confection companies, culinary demonstrations, seminars,  and more. Fran is thrilled to be presenting  two chocolate demos with tastings on the Culinary Stage: Sat Oct 4th at 10am and Sunday Oct 5th at 4pm. Her cookbook, Vegan Chocolate will be available for purchase too.

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.

Oct
24
Fri
NY Coalition for Healthy School Food Annual Gala @ New York Academy of Medicine
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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All funds will support NY Coaltion for Healthy School Food’s work to get healthy, plant based meals in schools as well as the coalition’s nutrition education programs.

 

Sponsors:
American Bean Products
Candle Cafe, Candle 79, Candle Cafe West
Forks Over Knives
Franchia
Fruit Bliss
Lunch Hour
Nutiva
Power Plant Life
Restaurants:
American Bean Products
Angelica Kitchen
Babycakes
Candle Cafe, Candle 79, Candle Cafe West
DF Mavens
Fran Costigan
Franchia
Fruit Bliss
Gustorganics
Henry’s
Jay Kitchen
Laura Dardi
Mediterranean Gyros Products
National Kale Day
Rama Sushi
Regal Vegan
Terri
Treeline Cheese
Veggiecation
V-Spot
Beverages:
Ayala’s Herbal Water
D’Vida Green Smoothies
Tumeric Alive
Wolaver’s Organic Brewing
Honorees:
Henry’s
Ithaca City School District Child Nutrition Program
Jennie Steinhagen – Volunteer
Lunch Hour Movie
Whole Foods Market/Rick Marquardt
Silent Auction
Raffle
Gift Bags

Oct
25
Sat
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival @ Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm

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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.

 

Nov
4
Tue
Vegan Chocolate Desserts @ Institute of Culinary Education @ Institute of Culinary Education
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

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Everyone loves chocolate—and being vegan doesn’t mean you have to go without it! What better expert to teach you the ins and outs of sweet, vegan chocolate-y goodness than Fran Costigan, author of “Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts”? You’ll also learn how to make gluten-free variations for some of the recipes. Your decadent menu includes: Intensely Chocolate Trifle; Sacher Torte; Blackout Cake; and Eclairs.

Jan
10
Sat
Arizona Vegetarian Food Fest @ The Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
Jan 10 all-day
Feb
6
Fri
Art of Chocolate Weekend @ Mohonk Mountain House
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cocoa Dusted Bittersweet Truffles

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.

Feb
12
Thu
Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive @ Natural Gourmet Institute
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 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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Jul
25
Sat
Vegan Italiano Festival
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

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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

 

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