Arizonia, here I come! New York too!

My suitcase is almost ready to be closed and I am about to head to Arizona! I’m thrilled to be a presenter at the exciting first ever Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival in Scottsdale. The next day, Sunday January 11th, you will find me at the wonderful indie bookstore, Changing Hands in Tempe, doing a reading and tasting of chocolate desserts.  After that, I’ll be back in New York for two wonderful February events: the Art of Chocolate Weekend at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz and the Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®.

If you’re in  Arizona, I hope you’ll join me at both the #VFF2015 and Bookstore events. (Please share if you have friends in the area!).


Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival

January 10, 2015 10 am to 6 pm
The Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

My Chocolate Dessert Demo is 12:35 to 1:35 on the Pear Stage, and I will be passing samples to taste. After the demo is over, you will find me at a table where you can purchase a copy of Vegan ChocolateI would love to sign a copy to you.

I will be demonstrating how to make incredibly versatile, super silken vegan chocolate ganache for truffles, chocolate crostini, ice cream sundaes, chocolate beverages, and the best cake glaze ever–the one I use to make my signature Chocolate Torte to Live For. Prepare to dazzle friends, families and all vegan doubters.

Other speakers include Gene Baur, Jason Wyrick, JL Fields, and Matt Ball. To find out more information and purchase tickets, visit the festivals website:



Vegan Chocoate-Flyer Changing Hands 1.11.15

Vegan Chocolate book Reading, Tasting and Signing

January 11, 2015, 1:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
Tempe Square Shopping Center
6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

I’ll be reading from my book Vegan Chocolate, as well as discussing how to use vegan, organic and fair trade ingredients to produce delicious chocolate treats. I will also share vegan chocolate samples from the recipes in the book. For more information, visit the Changing Hands website:



Art of Chocolate Weekend

February 6 – 8 2015
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

My vegan chocolate demo, after dinner on Friday February 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.

For more information and to make reservations visit the Mohonk Mountain House website:


Baking bookcamp

Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®

February 12 – 16, 2015
Natural Gourmet Institute
48 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010

If 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. 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.

Classes are limited to 14. REGISTER EARLY!
A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days. My cookbook is included in the fee.

To register, visit the Natural Gourmet Institute website:



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