Chef Fran Costigan


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.

Vegan Chocolate Dessert Demo @ The Seed Experience
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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.

Get Waisted Radio Show with Rene’ Steelman
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


I’ll be chatting desserts, chocolate, veganism, business, and life with my friend Rene Steelman on her radio show. Please tune in and Call in here with questions or comments or just to say hi. Rene is a director of Get Waisted Northwest, as well as a graduate of Victoria Moran‘s Main Street Vegan Academy
CALL-IN: 1-877-230-3062

Lunch Hour Film Screening @ Suite ThreeOhSix
Sep 15 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) invites you to a screening of Lunch Hour by James Costa

Suite ThreeOhSix

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Screening will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m.


Following the 75 minute screening, there will be a Q&A Session with Amie Hamlin, Joy Pierson, and Bart Potenza



Lunch Hour explores America’s National School Lunch Program which exposes children to unhealthy, but culturally accepted foods at a young age.


The feature length documentary features:

Amie Hamlin- Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

Joy Pierson- Co-Owner of Candle Cafe and CHSF Board Member

Bart Potenza- Co-Owner of Candle Cafe and CHSF Board Member

As well as Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Marion Nestle, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Peter Eisler, and Alex Jamieson.


For more information about Lunch Hour, visit:



100% of the ticket sales will help support the Coalition for Healthy School Food

Vegan appetizers will be provided by Candle Cafe & GustOrganics before the screening

Desserts following the screening will be provided by D’Vida Health Bar


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
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.

Reading, Tasting and Book Signing at Elevated Ice Cream Co. @ The Elevated Ice Cream Co.
Oct 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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 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:

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.

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


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.


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