• Meet Boneshia Perri, Bodacious Events & Concierge Services

    This veteran planning pro blends event production and personal concierge services into a booming business.

    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE

Boneshia Perri knows how to look after people’s needs. She began her event planning career at the American Society of Travel Agents or ASTA (formerly Global Advocates for Travel) in Alexandria, Virginia, and then went on to work for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House. After that she moved to Southern California and took a position as an events specialist for the J. Paul Getty Trust at the Getty Museum. Next up, event manager of the Office of Protocol and Events at the University of Southern California.

With key experience in government, the arts and academia, Perri decided to open her own firm, Bodacious Events & Concierge Services in March 2016. She’s since produced large charity events, political fundraisers and weddings, along with other corporate and social events. Her concierge services are wide ranging; she has provided personal chefs, helped clients with decorating their homes and offices, and curated luxury vacation experiences. 

The young company is thriving, in part because of a happy synergy between the two types of services Perri offers. “Often, clients who have used our concierge services will have a function coming up or a charity that they’re involved with and they’ll ask if we can help them with that, too. So, the concierge side has really fed the event side.”

Perri sometimes finds herself feeling like a proud and (nearly) overwhelmed new mother. “My little baby business is now definitely a toddler that is teething,” she says with a laugh, adding, “I’m not talking about two teeth coming in at one time. I feel like all 32 are coming in at once.”

That’s meant mastering some new skills in her 50s. “Learning how to put together contracts, learning how to put together event agreements, was a big part of my learning curve. I discovered that I need to be covered when an event client decides—which happened to me—‘I loved everything that you did except for this one little thing that has made me decide that I’m never going to pay you.’ That was a really important lesson from my first year in business, and one that’s helped me grow and become a savvier business owner and a better event planner.” 

westdrift Manhattan Beach has 393 guest rooms, 26 acres and 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space, but it also has the intimate feel of a boutique hotel. In that way it’s true to Marriott’s Autograph Collection—it’s the first of these properties to open in Los Angeles area—which combines the muscle and know-how of Marriott with the appeal of unique design and amenities.


The festivities include retro dining and a forward-looking renovation of a historic hotel.


This cocktail was first poured in 2010 for the opening menu at the original Beauty & Essex restaurant and lounge on New York’s Lower East Side. Now it’s a staple at all three locations, including Las Vegas and Hollywood, where Beauty & Essex is a dramatic 10,000-square-foot two-level venue, with two full service bars, an outdoor terrace, courtyard spaces and a private dining room.