Chef Fran Costigan


Vegan Vacation at Sea 2016
Oct 30 – Nov 9 all-day

G5EkjlGJoin as we sail on the Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam from Ft. Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal, and Costa Rica. We are focused on one thing: providing an absolutely FUN sailing, complete with awesome vegan cuisine and awesome vegan peeps. You will enjoy the yummy food, you will have fun, and you will meet new lifelong friends…we promise! Vegan Vacation at Sea will tempt your vegan sensibilities and taste buds with these exclusive offerings:

  • Cooking demonstrations by an ALL STAR lineup of vegan chefs in the ms Zuiderdam’s fantastic Culinary Arts Center, including Vegan Black Metal Chef, The Vegan Zombie, and me!
  • Exclusive vegan menu featuring recipes from the chefs
  • Exclusive vegan shore excursions available ONLY for our group
  • Exclusive vegan private parties and social events
  • Vegan Swag Bag
  • Vegan Vacation at Sea T-shirt

Please see the Vegan Vacation at Sea FAQ page for all your questions. The full itinerary (including rates, ship information and information on ports of call) can be viewed here: Bookings made through other agencies or direct with Holland America Line will NOT have access to the fabulous offerings listed above. For more information, visit the Vegan Cruise Planners website:


Fran’s Essential Vegan Desserts Course @ Online Self Based 3 month course
Nov 10 2016 – Feb 10 2017 all-day

I am so proud to offer this first of its kind, Essential Vegan Desserts Course with the renowned Rouxbe Online Cooking School. You may alreay know the school, which is home to chef Chad Sarno’s Plant-Based Professional Certification Course, or the Culinary RX and Forks Over Knives. If not, have a look and find the best ever platform for learning. For years, I’ve wanted to find a way to offer my popular Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive in a way that would be more in depth, more affordable, and more easily accessed, per the regular requests I’ve received. I researched the online offerings and when I found Rouxbe, I knew I had the best home for such a course. The team at Rouxbe– chefs Chad, Ken, and Eric – and I have collaborated to create a  course that I am truly proud to offer. The inagural class launches Nov 10th, but the beauty of an online class is that you start when you are ready. The 3 month course is self paced, and right now you’ll find a special early bird pricing of $599.00. (The full price is $799.00, still a fraction of the cost of the Boot Camp in NYC.)  Check out the syllabus, FAQ and some of the recipes and grab your seat now! I’d love to see you in class.


Raspberry Tart

Learn to make pies and tarts

Chocolate Torte to Live For

Learn the techniques for making reliably luscious desserts!

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