Fran Hemendinger Costigan

Profile Updated: August 9, 2022
Residing In: Philadelphia, PA USA
Children/Grandchildren: My son in LA has two daughters, aka The Costigals. And my daughter in New Hope PA has two sons, the More…Johnstigan brothers. After forever in NYC, I moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2017. I love this city.
What have you been up to since you graduated from OHS?

After CA and LI, I moved to NYC. As a pastry chef, I've worked in restaurants, done catering and consulting, but mainly have been teaching culinary classes in NYC, across the US, Canada, and Europe. My specialty is vegan (dairy-egg-free, cholesterol-free) desserts which work for people who are lactose intolerant, allergic to eggs, limiting or eliminating dietary cholesterol, living eco, pareve too. German, French and Italian editions of my latest cookbook, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts are available. Chocolate and Kale rock my world, but not as much as my family and friends, travel for teaching and fun, which overlap.

A few years ago, I became the Director of Vegan Baking and Pastry at the world's biggest online culinary school, Rouxbe to bring a 90 Day Essential Vegan Desserts Course online. This company trains hotel chefs to home cooks. I had to learn a lot of techie stuff but the team is great and I really am enjoying grading students from around the world and from anywhere there is a wifi signal. Seems getting older does not mean fewer opportunities.

My email is I travel teach often so I may be in your town. I've been to Alaska, Panama, Italy, Scottsdale and Phoenix, Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate Mexico, the Triangle area, NC ++. It's an interesting life, knock knocking on wood.

What's your favorite OHS memory?

Not my favorite but one burned into my mind: turning left when the others on the drill team turned right- when we were televised. My grandma said, I was always my own person. Nothing was further from the truth at that time. Also, dancing on Alan Fried Show with Michael Rosenberg. We lost but such fun we had that day.

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Feb 20, 2024 at 8:40 AM

Happy birthday Rose Marie, Celebrate, enjoy.

All best

Sep 29, 2023 at 2:01 PM

Happy birthday Fran!

Aug 08, 2023 at 6:31 PM

Happy almost birthday, Rick. So you are younger than me. It's pretty unbelievable, and kind of great this senior age. Hoping you have a super birthday.

Jun 14, 2023 at 4:33 AM
May 18, 2023 at 8:18 AM

Happy birtday Arlene!

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Aug 15, 2022 at 3:24 PM

Posted on: Aug 09, 2022 at 8:57 AM

Happy (upcoming) birthday Rick!

Jun 14, 2022 at 4:33 AM
Jun 09, 2022 at 2:29 PM

Happy Birthday,may the years bring you & yours joy & fulfillment,may the force be with you.

Jun 08, 2022 at 9:58 AM

Happy birthday to my birthay twin1

May 04, 2022 at 12:16 PM


I'm so sorry to learn of Gerry's passing. 

i remember him as such a nice guy  



Mar 21, 2022 at 8:35 AM

Happy birthday Rose Marie. ????

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Aug 10, 2021 at 7:39 AM

Posted on: Aug 09, 2021 at 8:54 AM

Happy birthday to you Rick. Enjoy! Stay well
All best,

Jun 14, 2021 at 4:33 AM
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Sep 27, 2020 at 10:10 PM

Posted on: Sep 27, 2020 at 9:11 AM

Happy birthday Fran!

Aug 15, 2020 at 9:07 AM
Aug 15, 2020 at 8:59 AM

Happy birthday Rick!

Jun 14, 2020 at 4:33 AM
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Posted on: Jun 11, 2020 at 11:32 AM

Happy Birthday,Live Long & Prosper

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Posted on: Sep 21, 2019 at 8:27 AM

Happy birthday to you Fran??

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I'm not allowed to post pix of my grandchildren.