Master Chef Open Casting Call
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Hyatt Regency French Quarter, 800 Iberville St.
Home cooks as well as professionals can prepare a dish for the judges to earn a spot on season five of the Fox cooking competition. The winner of the series earns the title Master Chef and a cash prize. Admission is free and discounted parking is available. Pre-register on the website.
Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, (985) 781-3650
Anglers compete for prizes in the finale of the HT Pro Redfish Series, plus there's live music by Amanda Shaw and Christian Serpas, food and drink vendors, seminars, a redfish cooking contest, children's activities and more. Admission is $5, children 12 and younger free. Proceeds benefit the Go Fish program.
Battledish New Orleans
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Uptown PR, 4861 Magazine St.; www.dishcrawl.com/battlenola
The international chefs competition features dishes by six chefs staged within walking distance. Diners sample dishes and vote for their favorites in several categories, including most delicious, most creative and most authentic. Tickets $15-$125, small versions of the dishes are available for $5 each, as are cocktails.