The tempting tastes of Louisiana take center stage at the Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-Off. Professional chefs from across the area demonstrate how to prepare authentic Cajun cuisine throughout the day. In the amateur division, ten local chefs compete with each other to prove they rule the region (and for cash prizes). Attendees receive a complimentary Cajun dish cooked to perfection by some extraordinary St. Louis chefs, and Cruzan Rum hurricanes and Bud Light will be available to get you moving on the dance floor. The 2017 Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-Off takes place from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park (Lafayette Avenue and South Ninth Street; www.stlmardigras.org). Tickets are $35 to $45.