looking for a caterer
I strongly suggest the Washington Deli and Office Catering. (202)331-3344 http://www.washingtondeli.com.
I hosted a promotion ceremony for over 100 folks onboard the Display Ship Barry at the Washington Navy Yard in August. Jim, the owner, went out of his way to make sure my event went well, flexible in letting me adjust numbers up until last minute, and everything arrived as advertised. Great selection and huge portions, outstanding taste. Best of all, good value, definately worth the price. They arrived on time, server was excellent, and had all the plates/napkins/etc. Give him a call and see if he can do what you want. I definately will use him again the next time I do an event.
Are you really sure you are looking for a caterer? Please don't misinterpret the following, (After all, who doesn't love a great bagel topped with delicious quality nova?) but your menu doesn't seem to require the specific talents of a caterer.
You could get wonderful bagel/smoked salmon/cream cheese platters assembled at a number of places in the Bethesda/Rockville area. I know Goldberg's Bagels (Boiling Brook Parkway) uses their excellent bagels in their platters. I don't think they offer finger sandwiches, but I know they could provide things like hummus and tuna and crudites.
For one-stop shopping, you should consider the Balducci's on Old Georgetown Rd. Their catering department is very easy to work with. Their deliveries arrive on time. Their plating is usually attractive (If you order the salad topped with poached salmon, ask them to cut the salmon into pieces half the usual size.)
We ordered Balducci's Dolly Sin cake for dessert since the birthday person at the event I organized is a chocaholic. Normally, I find this cake somewhat dry. However, the Bethesda catering department offered to bake our cake in-house (as opposed to the central kitchen) and enrich the recipe with some liquid chocolate syrup. Total decadent bliss! Very moist and intensely chocolate.
I don't know if Balducci's also can provide personnel.
re: Indy 67
THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY...IT'S ACTUALLY KIDDUSH FOLLOWING A BATMITZVAH SERVICE, SO I NEED TO HAVE PERSONNEL WHO CAN ACTUALLY SET UP/KEEP UP THE FOOD SUPPLY/HAVE COFFEE, ETC../AND THEN CLEAN UP AS I WILL BE BUSY...I WILL CHECK OUT GOLDBERGS, BUT IT IS ON A SATURDAY MORNING....AND ALSO BALDUCCIS...THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTIONS....
Your comment that the event you're planning is the kiddush after a Bat Mitzvah surprised me. In my experience, the Sisterhood of the synagogue usually provides the kiddush and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah families simply pay a fee to cover the costs of food and and personnel. Have you confirmed that you have to do more than pay -- that you personally have to make arrangements for the kiddush?
You're right to realize that Goldberg's will be a problem because your event is a Saturday event. Scratch that option. (This would be my go-to option if you'll be throwing a brunch for the out-of-towners on Sunday.)
For full service catering, I recommend you try Occasions Caterers or Rock Creek Catering (URLs below). Both companies have been included in the WASHINGTONIAN magazine's list of best caterers in its annual wedding issue. My most recent experience was with Occasions, and I was thrilled with the quality of the food and the attentiveness of the staff. (Incidentally, the WASHINGTONIAN's wedding article is on its web site if you're interested in finding out more caterer's names or band names or florists.)