NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State University’s hospitality administration program are sponsoring their first Thanksgiving Cook-off Celebration from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 near the Stephen F. Austin statue on the university’s campus.

There will be a $10 entry fee for each dish entered into the cook-off. The recipes will be published in a cookbook. A team of hospitality administration professors and community members will judge the dishes onsite. Participation in the cook-off is open to everyone in the community, and many students in the hospitality program will prepare a dish. To enter the cook-off, contact Alexandra Powell at

“I am very excited about this student-led event that will showcase the event management and excellent customer-service abilities of our hospitality students,” said Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor.

Attendees will be able to taste the cook-off dishes by purchasing tickets. Tickets cost $2 per person in advance and $5 per person at the gate. Tickets can be purchased online at When purchasing tickets online, specify in the “other” section that the ticket is for the hospitality administration Thanksgiving Cook-off Celebration. Event proceeds will benefit the hospitality administration program.

Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available for businesses wishing to participate. For more information about sponsorships or donations, contact Madeleine Dennett at

For general information, contact Lucas Fandry, marketing committee chair, at or Causin at (936) 468-1411 or