Verizon Cajun Cook-Off

Tickets on sale now!

Saturday, February 15, 2025

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park

$90 Online ticket sales end Friday, January 26th at 11:59 pm. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door. 

Talented amateur chefs from across the area face off, preparing their best dishes for a panel of hungry and highly discerning judges. 

This year, every ticket gets you the kitchen pass experience! 

Admission to the event includes:

  • Authentic Cajun Lunch Buffet 
  • Full open bar 
  • Live Music
  • Cooking Demonstrations– with samples! 
    • Crawfish and Crab Cakes w/ Remoulade with Chef Travis Parfait from Sister Cities Cajun
    • Gumbo with Chef John Messbarger of Peacemaker
    • Fried Boudin Balls with Chefs Jim & Barbie Quen Bell of TreauX's Cajun BBQ
    • Chicken & Croffle, Succotash Soup with Chef Brandi Artis from 4 Hens Creole and Simply Delicious
  • Master mixologist Demonstrations - with samples too!




*In accordance with the City of St. Louis Health Department, food prepared by the amateur chefs in the competition is not available for public consumption.

Verizon Cajun Cook-Off FAQs 

  1. Where do I park?
    • There is no reserved parking for any of the Mardi Gras Inc events. Parking is first come, first serve in the Soulard neighborhood. We suggest taking a Rideshare to the event so you can responsibly enjoy yourself! Use address 801 Lafayette with your rideshare.
  2. How do I enter?
    • The entrance to the Cajun Cook-Off is at Soulard Market Plaza (801 Lafayette). You'll enter the tent at the doors by the steps, or by walking up the ADA ramp to the right of the stairs. Make sure you have your QR code downloaded in advance to easily access the event!
  3. What should I wear?
    • The Cajun Cook-Off takes place in a heated tent, but the temperature can vary. Always dress for the weather, and of course, wear your favorite Mardi Gras colors!

 Elevate Your Verizon Cajun Cook Off Experience with the 1792 Bourbon VIP Whiskey Tasting Deck! 🥃

 Exclusive experience upgrade for 125 special guests 
 Price: $75

*Guests must purchase a Verizon Cajun Cook-Off ticket to gain access to a 1792 Bourbon VIP Whiskey Tasting page for purchase. 

Ticket Includes: 

Unlimited 1792 Bourbon cocktails by Master Mixologist Jason Neely


Exclusive Gold Tickets (2): One-ounce samples of highly allocated bourbons: including Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, Weller Reserve, Traveller (exclusive Chris Stapleton collaboration), Caribou Crossing


Premium Tickets (4): Dive into the Sazerac portfolio with samples of: Buffalo Trace, 1792, Michael Collins, Old Barton’s, Hueblein Old Fashioned, Hueblein Manhattan, Early Times, Fireball, Handy & Schiller Old Fashioned, Handy & Schiller Manhattan


VIP Comfort:   Access to heated VIP Portable Restroom Facility


Sip & Learn: Sazerac Whiskey Ambassadors on hand for whiskey aficionados


As a special treat, guests are automatically entered for a chance to secure 1 of 25 reservations for an exclusive Eagle Rare Barrel Pick. This rare opportunity allows you to register to purchase one of these coveted bottles at a later date. Don't miss out on the thrill of winning your reservation spot for this extraordinary bourbon! 

Secure Your Verizon Cajun Cook-Off ticket and Unlock access to purchase a1792 Bourbon VIP Whiskey Tasting Deck ticket! 

Don't Let the Party End

Party the night away and stay close to all the Mardi Gras fun at St. Louis Union Station Hotel! Book now and enjoy an exclusive Soulard Mardi Gras discount - up to 25% off your stay! 



Bud Light
Southern Comfort
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Bogart’s Smoke House
Fireball Whiskey
Horseshoe St. Louis
Heartland Coca-Cola
Hilton - Ballpark
Hilton - Union Station
The Cheshire
Finest Call
Margaritaville imported
Ford’s Gin
Small Batch Bourbon