HALFWAY -- Bob Vidoni knows his way around the kitchen. He and his wife, Dolores, were the previous owners of the Venice Hotel and Avellino's Restaurant.
Bob Vidoni, 77, of Hagerstown, keeps his culinary skills honed by helping a former chef of his who now works in Frederick, Md., and by preparing the food for the main fundraiser at his church, St. Joseph Catholic Church.
"I have to say, your food has always been excellent," Dolores Vidoni said to her husband.
This is the sixth year for St. Joseph's Mardi Gras Casino Nite & Auction. The event includes a gourmet cocktail buffet, carving table and hot food table, along with a Bavarian table of homemade desserts.
Games include bingo, poker, trivial pursuit and blackjack.
The event will be Saturday, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Parish Center.
Tickets cost $25 per person, which includes the food, $50 in "house money," a 50/50 cash raffle, games, and a silent and live auction of items donated by local businesses and parishioners.