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“Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler”

Mardi Gras: the Myths & the Legends!

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Who isn’t dreaming of “letting the good times roll” in The Big Easy these days? There’s something festive yet mysterious about The Crescent City! From its indulgent food scene to its iconic jazz and Zydeco roots, to its “what happens in Nawlins, stays in Nawlins” bar scene, New Orleans invites you to get in touch with your hedonistic side!

Carol & Whitney
Real-Time Retreats - BBC Destination Management - New Orleans, LA

On this week’s Real-Time Retreat, we are letting our “freak flag fly” and we invite you to join the fun! We’ll be hosted by the doyenne of New Orleans herself, Bonnie Boyd, founder of BBC Destination Management, and her charming Director of Sales, David Rome. BBC has been the premier DMC in New Orleans for almost 30 years, providing “insider’s insight” into this most unique and intriguing American city. From finding the perfect venue for any size group and budget, to eye-popping conceptual design to VIP access to trending eateries, BBC DMC creates the most memorable experience in New Orleans that your imagination can conjure up!

The theme this week is - you guessed it, of Darlings - Mardi Gras! (insert a dozen smiley face emojis with party hats and noise makers here). Parades or not, we are doing our best to “laissez les bon temps rouler” which means ‘let the good times roll!’ Lets create our own parade of costumes and regalia to mark this festive season! Pull out those feathers, hot-glue those missing sequins back onto your jacket, and put on your fun masks (not the ones you’ve been wearing since Covid hit) and join us for a rollicking good time while we take a tour of everyone’s favorite southern city - New Orleans! Can anybody say “Ben-YAY!!” ???

“What’s in it for me?”, you might ask. In appreciation of your creative efforts to bring your best Mardi Gras vibe to this week’s festivities, the good folks at BBC, in partnership with the Ritz Carlton New Orleans, are offering up a two night stay with breakfast for two, to the person who they think best goes “all in!” this week.

And as usual, the “First Five at 3:55” to log in a bit early will receive a lovely gift from BBC Destination Management, and our partner Kelly McAlister with Maui Jim will be with us to throw some shade in your direction!

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Bonnie Boyd, CMP, DMCP - President & CEO, BBC Destination Management

Bonnie Boyd, CMP, DMCP

President & CEO, BBC Destination Management

BBC Destination Management
832 Baronne St., Second Floor
New Orleans, LA 70113
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With over 35 years experience, Bonnie is an advocate for the DMC industry and New Orleans. As a founding board member of MPI Gulf-States, founding member of SITE Southeast, and countless seats on global industry Boards. Bonnie pioneered the DMC industry in the region.

She produced the first corporate event after Hurricane Katrina in October 2005 making an iconic first step on a road to rebuild the hospitality industry–showing the importance of DMCs to local economy.

Her company has been selected as City Business’s Best Places to Work for several years, which speaks volumes for her positive leadership, endless support and brilliant reputation. Her tenacity and charm has made her a true leader in the hospitality industry, both locally and internationally.

Bonnie is married to John Boyd, whom she describes as “a tall, good-looking convention security consultant.” She is also an ardent Francophile who enjoys calligraphy, biking, and cooking.

Gracie, bilingual BBC mascot, a miniature, long-haired chocolate and caramel dachshund, rules the roost at home and at the office. Gracie is available – in appropriate costume – for hospitality desks and ‘meet & greet.’

Hospitality Leader - BBC Destination Management

David Rome

Hospitality Leader, BBC Destination Management

BBC Destination Management
832 Baronne St., Second Floor
New Orleans, LA 70113
O: 504-523-9700
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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David has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in his home town of New Orleans.

After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism from the University of New Orleans, he honed his skills at the New Orleans School of Cooking, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and New Orleans Paddlewheels.

He served as the 2011/2012 President of the Gulf States Chapter of MPI. And most recently as the 2016 President of the Association of Destination Management Executives International. He has earned his DMCP and CMP certifications and David was also an Adjunct Professor teaching Hospitality Management at Delgado Community College in New Orleans from 2010 to 2017.

David won the 2017/2018 award of Excellence in Mentorship from the MPI Gulf States Chapter.

David began his career with BBC in September 2003 as an Account Executive and became Director of Sales in October, 2005.

Married to a beautiful Cuban, Elany, for over thirty years and proud dad to two Malti-poos, Sheldon and Cooper, David loves to cook and eats at as many New Orleans restaurants as he possibly can.

New Orleans Sonesta balcony

New Orleans - Like a Local!

Since 1992, BBC Destination Management has combined their creativity and connections to produce extraordinary New Orleans events. Fearlessly led by Bonnie Boyd, CMP, DMCP, a sixth-generation New Orleanian, the BBC team provides an insiders’ view of New Orleans. From the best local restaurants and entertainment, to décor and custom tours—their team has the right contacts and attention to detail to produce the perfect New Orleans event.


BBC Destination Management was featured in Special Events Magazine’s 2019 Top 25 DMC list!

The key to their success?
“We always keep our client’s interest at heart!”
— Bonnie Boyd

New Orleans candlelight reception

Full Carnival #transformation of a Mardi Gras float den for a seated diner with 750 closest friends.

Full Carnival #transformation of a Mardi Gras float den for a seated diner with 750 closest friends


Authentic concepts, detailed design, and exclusive New Orleans experiences – from elegant balls to down-home boils, they have your New Orleans event needs covered.

Here are just a few of the services BBC offers:

Ground transportation * Parades and Permits * Decor and Creative Services * Entertainment * Team Building Activities * Local CSR Projects * Dine Arounds * Custom Tours * Staffing Needs

Bourbon at St. Louis street signs


BBC’s in-house design team listens to your ideas, helps you build a vision, and then matches that vision with custom designs to create the perfect mood. From a traditional Mardi Gras Ball to a casual night on the Louisiana bayou, check out their portfolio to start designing your dream event.

In business since 1992, BBC is a trusted event partner both locally and internationally. Their team is highly versed in all things New Orleans. They combine decades of connections, knowledge, and creative passion to create authentic New Orleans experiences. It is their job to make your vision come to life while minimizing stress, so that you can focus your energy on the attendee experience.

Voodoo your New Orleans meetings with style


The Sazerac is cocktail straight from New Orleans, using Cognac, but whisky is also used. In fact, the cocktail is such a sacred part of New Orleans culture, that in 2008 it was declared the official cocktail of the city.


  • 1.5 oz Cognac (but you can use whisky if you prefer)
  • 1/3 oz absinthe
  • 1 sugar cube, or 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters


  1. Add a couple of drops of bitters to a sugar cube and allow it to soak in before muddling it to a mixing glass or shaker.

  2. Add the Cognac and stir to combine.

  3. In a chilled old-fashioned class add the absinthe and swirl it around the glass to coat the inside. Discard the remaining absinthe. Pour the Cognac mixture into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Sazerac Cocktail
Come at me breaux


pdfDownload a PDF of the King Cake recipe(4.9 MB), provided by our friends at BBC Destination Management.

King cake recipe


Things we love, or ponder, about New Orleans.

Why is New Orleans called The Big Easy? There are a few different stories. All we know is it’s such a better city nickname than Home of the World’s Largest Cheeto.

Will you beignet mine? Delish promises this recipe is easy. It’d better be big easy.

Need a Spotify playlist to get you in the mood? Try this one!

Cemeteries of New Orleans are legendary. So are funny obituaries.

I got roux, babe. All you need to know about sauces. (It’s from a website called Healthline, but just ignore that. I mean, come on, we’re talking about sauces, people.)

Beads or it didn't happen

Some virtual backgrounds for you to use on our Zoom call, provided by BBC Destination Management

Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim Corporate Gifts

Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim

Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the calls each week as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!

She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!

Maui Jim

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