Entertaining for the holidays? If you enjoy the company but not the cooking, here's a sampling of Washington caterers who can perform that chore and others. Specialties and price ranges are noted. Cards: AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa), C (Choice).

Avignone Freres Caterers, 1777 Columbia Rd. NW. Tel.: 265-0332. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Parking lot in rear. Holiday decorations, visual displays, music, flowers and limousine service available. Can serve from one person to groups of up to 10,000. Price range is $15 and up per person for cocktails, $12 and up per person for luncheon and $20 and up per person for dinner. Luncheon and dinner prices include food and beverage. Buffet and sit-down dinner service are available at private homes and businesses. As many as 1,000 persons can be accommodated on the firm's second-floor mezzanine. Specialty: continental cuisine, but chefs can prepare entrees of more than 80 countries. Entrees include poached salmon and beef bourgogne.

B & B Caterers, 7041 Blair Rd. NW. Tel.: 829-8640 or 829-8644 (ask for a sales representative). Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Answering service will take your call after hours. Cards: AE, MC, V, C. Free parking. Holiday decorations, visual displays, music, flowers available. Service range is from two to 4,500 persons for a cocktail party or sit-down dinner. Price range is $17 and up per person for a reception, $32 and up per person for luncheon, and $42 per person for dinner (food and service only). Will serve at private homes, associations, businesses, conventions, wedding receptions. Specialty: American and international cuisines. Entrees include roast tenderloin of veal a l'orange, broiled salmon steak with dill or mint, veal scallopini or piccata, and duck.

Fourways Restaurant, 1701 20th St. NW. Tel.: 332-2014 (Ask for a sales representative or the general manager) or 483-3200. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Valet parking. Decorations and audiovisual displays can be provided for entertaining in this historic mansion that has five private dining rooms. Musical accompaniment (flutists, violinists, harpists, string quartets and bagpipe players) is available. Can serve from six to 72 guests comfortably for luncheon or dinner, 150 guests for receptions. Price range is $25 and up per person for luncheon and $55 to $65 per person for dinner (does not include service). Catering is offered on the premises only. Specialty: European, specifically modern French, cuisine. Entrees include medallions of veal with truffle and lobster, filet of lamb with endive and mint, strips of sole and salmon with creamed onion and tomato butter, Virginia squab in madeira sauce, and seafood wth noodles in butter sauce.

Glorious Food Inc., 3251 Prospect St. NW. Tel.: 342-0666. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cards: AE, MC, V. Validated parking in lot across the street. Firm can serve from 20 to 1,000 guests. Price range is $12 to $22 per person for cocktail reception, $60 to $110 for luncheon and dinner (food and service only). Will cater in private homes, corporations, museums. Specialty: traditional country French cooking and New American cuisines. Entrees include rack of lamb, tenderloin of beef with morel sauce, and hot terrine of sole with lobster sauce.

The Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St. NW. Tel.: 638-6600. Ask for catering manager. Office hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Valet parking. Decorations, visual displays, music, flowers. Serving capacity of one to 200 persons in the five private dining rooms of the hotel. Price range is $45 to $65 per person for luncheon, $75 to $125 per person for dinner (includes food, beverage, tax and gratuity). Catering service is offered in the hotel only. Specialty: traditional French cuisine, such as beef medallions with crayfish tails in morel sauce, consomme of wild mushrooms brioche and grenadin of veal with port wine and Stilton sauce.

Vista International Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Tel.: 429-1700, extension 1422. Ask for director of catering. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cards: AE, MC, V. Valet parking in hotel's underground garage. Decorations, music, photographers and flowers available. Serving capacity is five to 550 people for a sit-down dinner and as many as 1,200 for a buffet reception. Price range is $10 to $15 per person for cocktails, $20 to $35 per person for luncheon and $30 to $65 per person for dinner and coffee or tea. (Alcoholic beverages and service are not included.) Specialty is traditional American, new American and continental cuisine. Entrees include rack of lamb; veal, lamb and beef medallions with special sauces; Maine lobster in brandy sauce, as well as kosher foods.