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Fran Costigan, the “queen of vegan desserts,” is an internationally recognized pastry chef, culinary instructor, and the author of More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts and Great Good Dairy Free Desserts. Her third book, Vegan Chocolate, will be released in fall 2013. She is a graduate of the NY Restaurant School and CTP, and a former pastry chef at several establishments including Angelica Kitchen. Fran has been a featured chef at such diverse venues as Dr. John McDougall’s Celebrity Chef Weekend, NAVS Summerfest, Toronto VegFest, Earthsave Taste of Health, to name a few. She has also been featured on the Discovery Health Channel and Nightline, and selected as “one of the most interesting players in the food and drink arena.” Fran’s website is


Pastry Arts & Desserts

Decadent and Delicious Vegan Chocolate Truffles
Hands-OnNew Class

Not for nothing was chocolate once known as "food of the gods." But success in making delicious, bliss-in-every-bite chocolate truffles rests on the foundation of essential techniques and ingredients. Fran will discuss the best way to melt chocolate and why we "seed" instead of "temper" it, and how to choose amongst a variety of non-dairy options to replace heavy cream and butter. We'll make traditional rolled truffles and cut and shape some, in flavors ranging from classic to thrillingly new. They're 100% vegan and gluten-free, and all can be made ahead and stored in your freezer until needed. Green Tea; Spiced Chai; Espresso; Aztec Chocolate; Chocolate Coconut; Extra-Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs; Chocolate Orange; Chocolate Ginger; Spiced Chai; Chocolate Cherry; and Cake Truffles.

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Instructor: Fran Costigan

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