A Listing of our Recommendations for Referred Resources:

Through our Referral Resource Network, we can handle almost any of your needs from A-Z..  Just tell 'em you were referred by 'Rick of The Private Pro's!' :-)

  • For a special listing of area entertainment (DJ's, Fire Performers, GoGo, Belly Dance, Burlesque, or other specialty entertainers), please contact Rick directly. We with a large number of performers on an ongoing basis.

Evite - A free invite service providing everything you need to track RSVP's & guest attendance. Some people love it, some don't. But it does offer another way to reach your target group beyond simple email, mail, & Facebook. Website: www.Evite.com

Balducci's - For the very best in gourmet catering, party platters, & a specialty market for any occasion, Balducci's has a reputation is well deserved. Founded in New York's Greenwich Village, it's been in continuous operation since 1913. They expanded to DC with the acquisition of Sutton Place Gourmet. They are on the high end as far as cost, but for an upscale affair their product is difficult to beat. Website: www.balduccis.com

  • Washington - 3201 New Mexico Avenue. NW, DC. (202) 363-5800.
  • Bethesda - 10323 Old Georgetown Road. Bethesda, MD. (301) 564-3100.
  • Alexandria - 600 Franklin Street. Alexandria, VA. (703) 549-6611.
  • McLean - 6655 Old Dominion Drive. McLean, VA. (703) 448-3828.

Gourmet Markets - For a great selection of gourmet foods, standard party platters, cheeses, & prepared hors d'oevres please don't feel the need to run out to a formal caterer. Whole Foods or Harris Teeter offers an excellent selection of various acumen to create a beautiful buffet worthy of any crowd. And don't discount Costco! They offer a great selection of excellent prepared items that can be purchased at deep discount, & go straight from the box, to the oven, to the buffet.

A listing of Whole Foods area locations follows...

  • Logan Circle - 1440 'P' Str. NW DC.
  • Georgetown - 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW DC
  • Tenley Town - 4530 40th Str. NW DC.
  • Arlington - 2700 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA.
  • Alexandria - 6548 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, Va.
  • Falls Church - 7511 Leesburg Pike. Falls Church, Va.
  • Vienna - 143 Maple Ave. East. Vienna, Va.
  • Bethesda - 5269 River Rd. Bethesda, MD.
  • Rockville - 1649 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.
  • Silver Spring - 833 Wayne Ave., S.S. MD.
Maryland Pig Roaster - Based out of Columbia, MD. they actually serve the entire Metro area. Owned & operated by John Langenfelder, not only does he do a great job of slow roasting whole pigs at a very reasonable price, but his price also includes him coming to carve & serve the pig for you! Webiste: www.mdpigroaster.com

Best Cellars - For a basic, down to earth, & easy to understand wine market, Best Cellars offers a straight forward concept of organizing their stores by the characteristic of taste rather than by region. Website: www.BestCellars.com

  • Dupont - 1643 Connecticut Ave. NW DC. (202) 387-3146.
  • Clarendon - 2855 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, Va. (703) 741-0404.

Calvert Woodley Fine Wine & Spirits - Offering a great selection of fine wine w/ a very helpful staff. 4339 Connecticut Ave. NW DC. Phone: (202) 966-4400. Website: www.calvertwoodley.com

Cake Love - One of the area’s most charismatic bakers. It was recently profiled in ‘Inc. Magazine’ as a visionary ‘up & coming’ company. Located on U Street just down from Adam’s Morgan & in the downtown complex of Silver Spring.
Website: www.CakeLove.com

Pastries by Randolph - A European style bakery & one of Northern Virginia's more tasty institutions. 4500 Lee Highway. Arlington, Va. Phone: (703)243-0070.

Allied Party Rentals - Party Supply & Rentals (glassware, stemware, china, chaffing dishes, tents, tables, & chairs. You name it, they’ve got it).Online: AlliedPartyRentals.com

A Note on Rentals:  Truth be told, for a base level product you can often "buy" a set of glassware & dishes at Cosco, Sams, or Target for about the same as you'd pay to rent. So if you have the storage, this might be a better option. However, for a more formal & high end product, then rental is probably the way to go.

Reliable Limousine, Inc.
- Just ask for Greg Clark (Driver) & tell them you were referred by Rick of The Private Professionals. Phone: (301) 622-5900.
Website: www.ReliableLimo.com

Special Event Videography - For a 'highly' recommended videographer, contact Susana Travieso at (202) 294-2245. Website:  www.eye4video.com

Additional Resources:

Martha Stewart: Her seasonal party guide is one of the very best resources on the market. Besides, it's Martha Stewart… ;-)  Website: www.marthastewart.com

Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) - She’s got her own cable show, four cookbooks, & has owned one of the top catering companies in The Hamptons for over 20 years. Her call to arms is to make entertaining as simple as possible & do as much as you can ahead of time. Website: www.barefootcontessa.com

Epicurean - Used by many industry insiders, Epicurean offers an enormous listing of recipes as well as wine tastings, book reviews, tips on cooking & hosting a personal affair. Website: www.epicurean.com

The Food Network - An excellent resource for recipes & insight for entertaining. Visit them on line at www.foodnetwork.com

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