About Us

Barb Duvall and her innovative team of merry-makers have years of collective experience in developing and executing first rate events.  Barb began her career as Director of Catering at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, excelled as Senior Event Designer for such top DC caterers as B&B Washington’s Caterer, Ridgewells and Haute Catering and most recently, ran catering at the US Naval Academy. Some of her most memorable events include planning and executing a fund-raiser dinner for 7,000 guests for the Republican National Committee in honor of  President George W. Bush; and not one, but two weddings in the midst of hurricanes.  Along the way, Barb has amassed a collection of valuable resources, from talented culinary and service professionals to unique and clever decor designers.  The result is an expertly executed, highly creative event designed especially for each client in the most cost efficient manner possible. Barb and her team are noted for their unique and artistic presentation and attention to detail.  Because of the close relationship with the Fresh Farm Markets in Annapolis and DC, Bowl of Cherries sources products from those farmers or uses only the finest locally produced and sustainable items.  Fortunate and successful in her career, Barb feels strongly that giving back to the Annapolis community that supports her is an integral part of business.  Life is truly a Bowl of Cherries, and so, Barb proudly supports the Hospice Cup, Fresh Farm Markets, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Paca Girlfriends, Bourbon and Blazers, Historic Annapolis Foundation, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Annapolis Film Festival.

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Barb and her team are wonderful to work with. Barb was available from beginning to end with both events that we have hosted and was so accommodating. She communicated very well, was very organized and her food is amazing, both presented and delicious! We will continue using Barb for our events. I HIGHLY recommend using Barb as the caterer for your event. — AAMC Foundation
Barb, thank you so much for the fabulous flatbread assortment for our donor reception on June 18. You are such a good friends to the museum and we can always count on you for something creative and delicious! Thank you!! –Cindy, Manager at Annapolis Maritime Museum
I would highly recommend Barb to cater your event. In short, she was great to work with, and the quality and presentation of the food was excellent! She was more than willing to work with us to offer a menu that allowed us to stay within budget and took care of all the details. I did not need to worry about a thing, which was a huge help given everything else we had going on with our conference. –National League of Cities
Barb and her team are FABULOUS!  The food was SCRUMPTIOUS!  I can’t wait for my next party! — Betsy
As always, thanks for your support and superb efforts to make our life and entertaining much easier. –Dick and Sabra
I was super grateful and pleased with the whole experience of working with you.  I’m happy to pass along a great experience to anyone I can. — Rachael
A truly delightful Sunday Brunch – so many compliments!  And we all thank you AGAIN!! — Lynn
You, lady, are masterful at what you do.  That was one magnificent feast.  You worked beyond any conceivable expectations.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. — Betsy and Al
Barb, I do not have the words to express the depth of my gratitude.  To me, it was magnificent.  I was worried, actually, that the string quartet would be playing in the manner of the Titanic scenes! — Rudi
Barb, just a note to let you know how wonderful the food was at my birthday party.  Everyone was “wowed” over your food, plus presentation.  Thank you for working so hard.  Believe me, it did not go unnoticed!  Thank you so much for all of your efforts.  It was Amazing. — Amy