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The Culinary Café opens during the traditional school year, typically running from November through May. Menus are published as they become available.

Meals cost $10 (gratuities appreciated). Reservations are required. Please call (916) ​228-2039 to make a lunch reservation.


  • October 26, 2023 (Noon)
    Boneless chicken wings with buttermilk ranch, combo macaroni and potato salad, carrot/broccoli slaw, and peach cobbler
  • November 9, 2023 (Noon)
    Pan-seared halibut with Old Bay lemon butter, seven grain pilaf, roasted winter vegetables, and crème brûlée
  • November 30, 2023 (Noon)
    After-Thanksgiving Meal: Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, and sweet potato pie
  • December 14, 2023 (Noon)
    Prime rib, twice-baked potatoes, cream spinach, candied carrots, and chocolate pot au crème
    Please note: Reservations are full for 12/14. Due to limited resources, the Café is unable to fill requested substitutions for the remaining scheduled meals.


  • January 11, 2024 (Noon)—Cancelled
  • January 25, 2024 (Noon)—Cancelled
  • February 8, 2024 (Noon)—Cancelled
  • February 22, 2024 (Noon)
    Gumbo or Jambalaya, southern greens, and bread pudding
  • March 7, 2024 (Noon)
    Corned beef, pesto mashed potatoes, cabbage, and carrot cake
  • March 21, 2024 (Noon)
    Sauerbraten with braised red cabbage, boiled red potatoes, and vanilla pound cake
  • April 4, 2024 (Noon)
    Lasagna, garlic bread, salad Italiano, and tiramisù
  • April 18, 2024 (Noon)
    Sandwich buffet, choice of soup or salad, and assorted cookies
  • May 2, 2024 (Noon)
    Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Tamale pie, Spanish rice, choice of black or pinto beans, jicama slaw, and fruit cups
  • May 16, 2024 (Noon)
    Grilled chicken and ribs, tater tots, garden salad with choice of dressing, and lemon bars