NACOGDOCHES, Texas –– Ticket sales for Stephen F. Austin State University’s student-run Culinary Café and Lumberjack Express mobile food lab will open at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31.

Tickets for the Culinary Café are $10 and include a three-course meal, along with tea, coffee and water. Tickets are not limited but quickly sell out. 

The Culinary Café, in its new location at 1401 Mound St., will open to the public March 3. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. It is recommended that guests arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. to ensure lunch service. Guests may be seated with another party to maximize limited capacity. 

The new location, previously the home of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, recently was renovated to preserve the home’s history and elegance, while adding a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipped with a prep area and a walk-in refrigeration and freezer unit. It allows students to experience commercial cooking in a professional setting. 

“Everyone is eagerly anticipating the new location,” said Dr. Chay Runnels, professor of hospitality administration and interim director of the School of Human Sciences at SFA. “We’ve been planning and dreaming of this for years, so it’s exciting that it’s a reality.”

Lumberjack Express, a quick-service food truck, will open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the end of Raguet Street near the Cole STEM and Norton HPE buildings. Patrons have the option of ordering upon arrival or purchasing tickets in advance for $8.

Express meals include an entrée, side dish and bottle of water. Ice cream is available for an additional $2.

View menus and purchase tickets at and For more information, call (936) 468-4502. To learn more about SFA’s hospitality administration program, visit