52 Ways to use a Concierge

52 Ways to use a Concierge

By Katharine C. Giovanni, CCS

 

One of the questions I get asked by the media is what does a concierge do?  The quick answer is that a concierge will do anything as long as it’s legal, moral and ethical.

Everyone single one of us tries to squeeze 36 hours into a 24 hour day, and when you do that you inevitably don’t do it very well. You get stressed …

Which leads to tired …

Which leads to not eating healthy because you’re craving “comfort” food …

Which leads to sickness.

Not good!

A concierge is here to do the things that you have to, leaving you the time to do the things that you want to like spending more time with family and friends, putting more time in at the office, or relaxing with a good book!

That being said, below is a list of 52 ways you can use a concierge. Since the real list of what a concierge can do for you is endless, the list below is merely here to get you started.

  1. Obtaining tickets to concerts, special events and sporting events
  2. Transportation Services – train, plane or automobiles … concierge can get it!
  3. Travel and Vacation Planning
  4. Business Referral Service – need a landscaper or a plumber?
  5. Restaurant Recommendations and/or Reservations
  6. Pet services
  7. Internet Research – need research done and you don’t have the time to do it?
  8. Personalized shopping and delivery
  9. Running to the post office
  10. Dry cleaning pick-up and/or delivery
  11. Grocery shopping
  12. Running to the hardware store
  13. Senior care
  14. Modified house sitting – need someone to wait for the service technician while you’re at work?
  15. Picking up or returning a gift
  16. Meal Delivery
  17. Home Inventory – video the contents of your home and keep it in your safe deposit box
  18. Bill paying
  19. Auto Maintenance
  20. Home Organization
  21. Notary Services – many concierge area a traveling notary and can actually come to you.
  22. House Cleaning Services
  23. Courier/Delivery Services
  24. Delivering lunch to nurses and doctors at the hospital
  25. Delivering a Meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner
  26. Prescription Pick-up and delivery
  27. Repair and Service Calls
  28. Returning a library book or a video
  29. Sick Care – sick in bed? Call a concierge and they’ll do your errands, arrange for dinner to be delivered and can be on hand to help your family out
  30. New Mommy Services
  31. Meeting and Event Planning; private parties
  32. Personal Chef Services
  33. Single Parent Helper
  34. Employee Relocation Services
  35. Gift baskets and Flower Delivery
  36. Landscaping Services
  37. Special Day Reminder Service
  38. Charter a Private Jet, Yachts or Helicopter
  39. Hire a concierge to assist you at your event, wedding or conference – also called “event concierge” and “wedding concierge”
  40. Need Security?  They’ll hire a security company to assist you.
  41. Day Spa Services
  42. Fashion and/or Stylist Consultant
  43. Nanny Services
  44. Estate Planning
  45. Arrange for your Tee Time at the golf club
  46. Book your appointments for you
  47. Hire a Butler
  48. New to the area?  A concierge will give you a tour of the town
  49. Catering Services
  50. Get Away Weekends
  51. Office help
  52. Moving assistance – let your concierge unpack those boxes and put it all away!!  All you’ll need to unpack is your toothbrush.

 

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http://www.triangleconcierge.com/2010/09/52-ways-to-use-a-concierge/

 

 

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Cricketer’s of the Valley

Napa Valley Cricket Club victory in 2012 by the smallest of margins, 2 runs
Napa Valley Cricket Club victory in 2012

You don’t think of Napa Valley as a very sporting place. Except if you include the Raiders annual preseason visit to Redwood Middle School. Lately I’ve heard funny accents around the valley talking about this new sport of Cricket. I decided to investigate. Turns out this sport was one of the precursors to baseball. Developed in the 16th century and played in most of the British colonies.

Now it’s finally arrived in Napa Valley. So who plays this game and why? Being the hub of wine in California, Napa has a wide diversity of winemakers. Many travel from as far off as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Wine is perfectly matched to the game of Cricket. Steeped in tradition that enjoys a break for afternoon tea at 3 o’clock, Napa will change it up with wine. About 2 years ago a group of ex-pats as they go by, decided there was enough interested parties in the valley to put together a team. Marin has had a long tradition of cricket going back thirty years. San Jose has a large influx of East Indian engineers who also enjoy the game of cricket  and are highly competitive. Napa Valley is home to Treasury Wine Estates with many Australians working at various wineries all over Napa.

How is this game played I hear you say? That is a very complex answer. Consisting of eleven players per side, a wicket keeper,  bowler, batsmen, Stumps and outfielders it sounds comparable to baseball. I assure you, there is a lot of strategy and rules. For a good overview look at this Cricket Rules site. I suggest coming to watch their opening match this Sunday the 28th of Apri. The Aussies defend their title against the ROW (Rest of the World). See a preview in this Calistogan article here.

The game starts at 10:30 and there will be a BBQ with wine and refreshments open to the public. The whole family will enjoy it with activities for the kids. Join the club on Facebook for this event and be sure and share with your friends.

The Flavor of bASH

Favorite Foods from 2012 bASH
Favorite Foods from 2012 bASH

This Saturday at The CIA in Appellation St. Helena celebrates food and wine Awesomeness.  Rockstars in St. Helena’s kitchen served up their finest. Extraordinary local vino complements this rich event. My favorites were David Fulton, Corley, Crocker & Starr and Revana. I attended last year’s soiree and was impressed. Napa Valley came out in droves. Dressed up and taking in the wondrous bounty. I won’t even tell you all the ingredients above. You have to be there to experience it. Tickets are almost sold out so I suggest you get yours now! Don’t let the kids keep you from this “Must Attend” event. Email me and I can arrange childcare – Cheers COTV – Email Me

bASH Bottles of 2012
bASH Bottles of 2012

Easy Ideas for Your Football Party (GO NINERS!)

Neighbors will come over. Friends will call you out. You’ve got the best pad for it… why not just have them all over for the 49ers game tomorrow?? (BTW, it’s at Noon PST on Sunday.) As your go-to party planner, I’ve got some ideas for you.

First: talking points. How about a few stats on Kaep? Or the Harbaughs? No need to be a genius, just get in a good note about changing quarterbacks late in the season… that poor other quarterback (what was his name again?).

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Beyond that, hmm, is noon on Sunday too early for a quick-and-dirty tequila set-up? Well, maybe start with serving a handcrafted beer (Boont Amber Ale, or of course SF’s own Anchor Steam Beer recommended), and wait to set out the tequila until after guests have feasted… and yes, a lunchtime party calls for lunch! Throw out the cheese and sausage plate, but to spruce it up, ideas include:

Gourmet magazine’s Chunky Guacamole. This recipe was published in 1998 and it’s been a go-to every playoff season since. Fresh and easy and a crowd pleaser.

 

This recipe for Aussie Meat Pies has been tried and true in puff pastry and in pie crust.
This recipe for Aussie Meat Pies has been tried and true in puff pastry and in pie crust.

Aussie Meat Pies. These are like maki-sloppy joes. This version is delicious and nice and small for bites — but double or even triple the recipe, use preformed refrigerated pie crusts and mini pie tins, and each one is a small meal, perfect for a footie lunch.

And while most of the guys at your place will balk at any variety of serving vegetables, you could easily steam

a few artichokes (see a guide on prep if you need to), throw lemon, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and fresh flat-leaf parsley into the pot, and serve them up as a finger food (provide tons of napkins).

That should do it — hopefully the big game is a good one. Remember to call, text or email if you need The Concierge to do any part of the prep for the big game: from grocery shopping, to pet sitting to a designated driver to get your guests home.

GO NINERS!!

 

Child Care Help: Midwifes, Doulas, Nannies, Sitters. Oh My!

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We’ve got solutions for families with kids of all ages.

Flaky babysitter bail again? Mom can’t make it to help out for the birth? Beyond frustrated with nanny interviews? Worse, after three weeks on the job, it’s clear that housekeeper can’t cook and the kids’ are again eating Little Caesar’s when you come home from work.

Did you know you can call me, and I can provide child care or housekeeping help in a heartbeat?

Finding child care and help with kids and home life is a call away. Whether it’s a helping hand around the house after coming home from the hospital, a regular date-night babysitter, to simple after school supervision and housekeeping, just give me a call and I’ll have an easy solution at hand.

Anticipating childbirth is anxious business, and I’m here to help. Often, families are provided with lists of recommended help, or worse, are left to search online for a suitable caretaker for themselves and their children. I’ve been through this with quite a few clients and friends, and have developed a thorough vetting process that can place the right person in your home, and your child in the right hands.

In some cases, families just need help with housekeeping: grocery shopping, or dinner prep — making sitting down together for conversation and a meal easy and rewarding, rather than stressful. What about cleaning help — daily, weekly, monthly, or just for an event? A quick call can arrange help for any budget.

Today’s moms face pressure from all over, from sending “the right” birth announcements on time, to entertaining family after bringing baby home, keeping big brother or sister happy, to getting back to work (and back in shape to get back to work!). Calling the Concierge can provide that extra hand with little or no further fret — so what are you waiting for??