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.







This Fantastic Crowd Pleaser Is Simple to Make

Pumpkins and Squash for Your Holiday Table

This Fantastic Crowd Pleaser Is Simple to Make
Try using a hollowed-out squash as a serving bowl to add a rustic touch to your table.

So many squash, so little time!

Our weather here in Napa and Sonoma has finally turned to a fall chill, and cravings for the nutty roasted squash soups and fixings that grace our tables this holiday season.

One thing I tell my clients is that it is always impressive to guests when seasonal, natural ingredients grace your table. We are so lucky here in Wine Country to have such a wide variety of organic, local farms to choose from when planning a meal or a party — it amounts to visiting our backyard, or a short drive around the corner for most of us!

To utilize the incredible variety of squash available here in Wine Country, I’d like to suggest a risotto — though the recipe below calls for sugar pumpkin, you could easily substitute butternut squash, or a sweatmeat or an acorn squash.

And for all of you Napa and Sonoma locals with a green thumb, you should know that planting the squash — summer, fall or winter squash — is an easy and simple endeavor. Check out the squash varieties and recommendations for our Wine Country region published by the UC Master Gardeners of Napa County. If you’re never going to get around to planting yourself, you can always have the Concierge arrange to plant and maintain your garden with a phone call. Imagine having fresh produce year-round from your own garden, either on your property or a community plot.

Welcome to the Wine Country holidays, everyone!

Cut Sugar Pumpkin
Cut the pumpkin, discard the innards and toast the seeds (sea salt, olive oil, at 350 for 20 minutes), skin the pumpkin and roast.

Roast Pumpkin Risotto

Yields: 8 cups

Total Time: 1 hr 35 min

Oven Temp: 400


U.S. Conversion chart
  • ·         1 small (3-pound) Sugar Pumpkin
  • ·         6 tablespoon(s) Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • ·         1 tablespoon(s) Finely Chopped Rosemary
  • ·         1 teaspoon(s) Finely Chopped Rosemary
  • ·         3 teaspoon(s) Sea Salt
  • ·         1/4 teaspoon(s) Ground Black Pepper
  • ·         7 cup(s) Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • ·         1 cup(s) Finely Chopped Yellow Onion
  • ·         1 tablespoon(s) Finely Chopped Garlic
  • ·         3 cup(s) Arborio Rice
  • ·         1 cup(s) Dry White Wine
  • ·         2 tablespoon(s) Butter
  • ·         2 tablespoon(s) Pumpkin Butter
  • ·         cup(s) Finely Shredded Fontina Cheese
  • ·         cup(s) Freshly Grated Parmesan


1.    Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut pumpkin in half lengthwise. Trim 1/2 inch off the rounded end of each half to stand upright on cutting board. Peel the sides, cutting downward, using a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Toss the pumpkin together with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Spread pumpkin on baking sheet. Roast, stirring twice, until very soft, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.

2.    Bring the chicken broth to a bare simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat to keep hot but not reduce. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, onion, and garlic in a wide, deep saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook while stirring constantly, until the rice is hot — about 3 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a simmer, stirring often until almost all the wine is absorbed. Add the hot chicken broth one cup at a time, and adding more broth only when the previous addition has been absorbed. Check and adjust the heat as needed to maintain a steady simmer.

3.    Add the roasted pumpkin and continue to cook until the rice is creamy and al dente, about 10 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in butter, pumpkin butter, cheeses, and remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary. Pumpkin Risotto is best when served immediately.