Red bean cook-offs will be held July 27 in Covington and Aug. 3 in Slidell to benefit the United Way’s suicide-prevention and crisis-response programs in St. Tammany Parish. Both events will offer unlimited red beans and rice, and much more, for $8 a person.

The Red Beans ’N Rice Cook-off in Covington will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 27, in Bogue Falaya Hall at the Covington City Complex, 317 N. Jefferson St. Meals will be available for dine-in, drive-through or take-out.

The Slidell cook-off will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Slidell City Auditorium, 2056 Second St. Meals will be available for dine-in, drive-through or take-out. For information about cooking team entries and sponsorships, contact Charlotte Champagne at (985) 778-0815 or charlottec@unitedwaysela.org.