The Urban Entertaining Black Book

You may try to claim otherwise, but it’s a fact that all civilized people aspire to be known within their social circle as the host of the best, most memorable, most finely-appointed parties of all their friends and colleagues. The parties that are too good to appear on social media and live on in legend only. You know you want this distinction, too. But we’re willing to wager that you don’t have time for all the planning, prepping, schlepping, cleaning, shopping, phone calls, and other nightmares associated with rocking an ace soirée.

Well, guess what, homeboy? We figured it out for you, and we’ve put together a tidy little list of the key contacts for whipping up a fab gathering in no time, starting with three of our favorite cities (though plenty of these resources are national).

Oh hey, look—a SPECIAL OFFER! Be sure to check out an exclusive deal just for Eleven James members from our friends over at Plated, whether you’re entertaining a crowd or chefing for one.

 

NYC Entertaining Black Book

FOOD
Like Tinder for private chefs Kitchit allows you to pair up for a night with a world-class chef perfectly matched to your desires. They’ll coordinate your menu, adapt to your kitchen landscape, use the tools you’ve got, and produce the meal of your dreams so you can focus on charming your guests.

SPIRITS
Minibar Delivery brings the best selection of wine, beer, and hard stuff, delivered to your door in under an hour, no extra fees, via an app. We can barely contain ourselves, frankly.

FLOWERS
Beautiful, fragrant arrangements from Ode á la Rose are delivered same-day (in Manhattan) and will spruce up any bachelor pad to a state of impressive elegance.

CLEANING
Vetted, trusted, and friendly cleaning professionals are at your fingertips with Handybook, a life-saving service with a slob-proof app.

 

Entertaining Black Book - LA

FOOD
Heirloom LA is an all-terrain catering team with a food truck, a Oaxacan wagon, a lush garden and their own tasting room, The Salon. Of course, they’ll bring their magic direct to your Oaxacan wagon, too.

SPIRITS
Saucey is LA’s favorite hooch courier, providing fast, easy, reliable procurement of everything you need to get your guests properly lit—from your smartphone.

FLOWERS
Flour LA wants to rock your world with flowers&mdashor so they claim. We’d let them do it, if we were you, Angeleno.

CLEANING
Once again, we turn to Handybookyour app-based source for vetted, trusted, and friendly cleaning professionals, nationwide.

 

Entertaining Black Book - Miami

FOOD
One of Miami’s most sought-after epicures, Barton G operates on the motto that “Entrées and desserts are designed to become unforgettable party highlights.” We happen to agree.

SPIRITS
Miamians can use the Thirstie smartphone app to search for favorite brands, discover new ones, and have them at your doorstep within the hour—along with up-to-the-minute cocktail recipes, wine tasting notes, and mixology trends.

FLOWERS
Oscar Maas Designs will outfit your party space with botanical designs that elevate your guests and transform their experience of your home, whether you’re hosting in in your living room, a rooftop terrace, or a yacht.

CLEANING
We ain’t kidding about these folks at Handybookwhich puts reliable, vetted, and friendly cleaning professionals at your fingertips with a trusty little app. Isn’t it a great time to be alive?

 

Plated

BONUS, BONUS, BONUS! No matter where in this land you are, you can browse to Plated, who will deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients for the meals of your choice straight to your door so that you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience. That’s right—no shopping, schlepping, or prepping. Just the sweet alchemy of turning fine ingredients into perfect meals.

And what’s more, Eleven James members can receive 4 free plates + 1 complimentary month when you sign up for a Plated membership using the offer code 11JAMES. GO HERE, sign up now, and start enjoying cooking again!

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