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The Flame of Life by Spago designer Barbara Lazaroff

Welcome to my little slice of the web. I am excited to share my passion for exuberant living with you here. From the twists and turns of building a culinary empire with Wolfgang Puck and supporting vital charitable organizations to raising two boys in Beverly Hills, my life has been an adventure.

I hope you are inspired to take risks, dare to dream and make every day an exuberant one! ~ Barbara Lazaroff

Barbara Lazaroff's business card logo, Imaginings Design

Interior Designer
Imaginings Design, Inc.

Commercial & Residential Design

Based in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles

To contact Barbara for design work:
call 310-276-7939
click here to send an email

Designer Barbara Lazaroff understands the classic such as Spago Beverly Hills as well as the whimsical. Her designs include Felliniesque Chinois, underwater fantasy at Granita, and the masculine cyberworld she created at Eureka brewery and restaurant.

Barbara has garnered many accolades for her innovative and singularly unique and forward-thinking restaurant designs as well as for her showcase rooms such as Greystone, Frette, and her elegant home design.

Barbara's Design page

Barbara Lazaroff - Live in full color

Barbara is
available for speaking engagements

Book Barbara Lazaroff for an inspirational adventure into the world of design, art, philanthropy, or to speak about the life and work of a restauranteur. Barbara Lazaroff is not just any restauranteur; not many speakers can speak as part of the team that broke the mold on the way that America dines!

She is based in the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles area, but also travels to speak. In addition to Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, she has spoken in San Diego, Chicago, Las Vegas, other cities and internationally as well.

Email Barbara Lazaroff's office to discuss speaking fees. On many occasions she speaks to students/education institutions gratis.



Dinnerware by Barbara — The Flame of Lifedinnerware logo

Barbara Lazaroff's Flame of Life, inspired by her original poem, was the centerpiece element gracing Spago Beverly Hills. As a Spago patron you'd be familiar with this elegant curved flame carved into the chairs and bar stools, emblazoned on the Spago carpeting, etched into the glass kitchen wall, and elsewhere in Spago.

A portion of each sale supports a good cause like Meals on Wheels and other non-profits Barbara has supported in the last 30 years.

The limited edition 16-piece fine china set is service for four in four vivid colors, each displaying The Flame of Life and one of the poem's inspirational lines.

The Flame of Life limited edition Dinnerware by Barbara Lazaroff.
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Barbara Lazaroff is well known in Beverly Hills for helping others & bringing folks together to accomplish great things. Here are the upcoming events she is either participating in or supporting.

What's Coming Up

Chinois logoChinese New Year!
  the Year of the Dog
    at Chinois on Main

It's the Year of the Dog and we're celebratiing. Spectacular menus, stunning decorations & fabulous entertainment for a special night.Year of the Dog

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90405
310 392 3037

Special Chinese New Year Menu
Chinois chicken salad

Pan roasted crispy sea bass with crab fried rice; lobster lemongrass sauce

Cantonese duck with fresh plum sauce & bao

Charcoal grilled prime New York steak with stir fried baby bok choy; red wine citrus sauce

Doggy’s dessert delights

$135 per person (menu only)


Careers Through Culinary Arts Program
C•CAP 2018 Annual Benefit

C-CAP logoBarbara is looking forward to this NYC event, C-CAP's annual benefit which this year honors José Andrés.

Chef José Andrés is internationally recognized as a culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, and humanitarian. He is chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup and minibar by José Andrés.

Enjoy a grand walk-around tasting of culinary creations from over 30 of New York’s best-known chefs who will be assisted by talented C-CAP students and alumni, while sipping superb wines and cocktails. The evening will also feature a live and silent auction with once-in-a-lifetime culinary, culture, and travel packages.

The event raises funds to support C-CAP, a national non-profit that provides underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts. Your support is instrumental to transform lives of C-CAP students. VIP Tix $1,000 & General Admission $600

Read Chef Andrés’ thoughts on mentorship in this special Q&A.

Tuesday, February 27 2018
5:45p.m. VIP Admission
6:30 p.m. General Admission

Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
West 23rd St. & the Hudson River
New York City, NY

For more information and to support the event, please visit this C•CAP page.


Recent Happenings

Modern Luxury logo
Angeleno Magazine’s
Icons of Beverly Hills Event

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — Astor Ballroom
9850 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA


Chinois logoValentine's Romance...
    at Chinois on Main❣

Ah, the romance of Valentine's Day. Ooh, the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Spectacular menus, stunning decorations & fabulous entertainment to help make those special nights memories you will cherish always!

❧Wednesday, February 14, 2018☙

2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90405
310 392 3037

Special Valentine's Day Menu

Napoleon of blue fin tuna tartar with avocado & black caviar

Lobster spring rolls with crisp lettuce & spicy cream sauce 

Loup de mer wrapped in wonton with sautéed baby carrots & beets; Riesling jalapeno sauce

Pan roasted American Wagyu rib eye & potato dauphinoise

Cupid’s sweet treats

$125 per person (menu only)


New Year Celebrations!
at Spago Beverly Hills, Hotel Bel-Air, CUT and Chinois on Main

  • Top Hats Tiaras for Vintage Hollywood Glamour at Chinois on Main
  • At Spago Beverly Hills festivities included both a special early dinner before midnight plans and a special late dinner to ring in the New Year. This feast was on LA Magazine's list: 10 Celebration-Worthy NYE Dinners at L.A. Restaurants.
  • Both CUT and CUT Lounge hosted festivities New Years Eve style
  • Hotel Bel-Air counted down to 2018, then started the new year in style on New Year's Day.


Christmas means and festivities with
Wolfgang Puck's special menus and touches

  • SPAGO celebrated Christmas Eve with holiday carolers, holiday cheer, and an extensive 3-course "selection" prix fixe menu filled with seasonal choices.
  • CUT was open on Christmas Eve to help guests celebrate the holidays!
  • At Hotel Bel Air, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air helped people gather to celebrate with festive feasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Meet the RenWomen: Barbara Lazaroff

Dale Griffiths Stamos hosts the RenWomen podcast creating interesting and helpful interviews with modern Renaissance women from her book RenWomen, and other amazing RenWomen she's been meeting. Wonder if you're a RenWoman or what you can learn from them? Have a listen.


Barbara Lazaroff is featured in the book — and in this episode, she discussed her life as a highly regarded restaurateur, interior designer, producer, published author, celebrated philanthropist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and mother of two sons.

Thursday, November 30, 20017

Listen to the Barbara Lazaroff RenWomen podcast from the podcast site
hear the Barbara Lazaroff RenWomen podcast at iTunes.

If you miss this or any other episode of the RenWomen podcast at the given time, you can hear them on demand as well.


Citymeals on Wheels logo31st Annual
Citymeals On Wheels Power Lunch for Women

Honoring Nick Valenti and the Patina Restaurant Group.

Because of support from people like you, Citymeals provides and serves nourishing meals for elderly homebound people, hand-delivering meals, serving holiday meals, and distributing shelf-stable meals during harsh winter weather and for emergencies.

Citymeals on Wheels 100% goes to fund mealsThursday, November 16, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor
New York, NY 10112

To learn more please visit citymeals.org/powerlunchforwomen.


29th Annual
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards Gala

Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards logo 2017For nearly three decades, Hospitality Design magazine has awarded industry leaders—designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs—with the coveted Platinum Circle designation. This year, 2017, another group of luminaries will be inducted into this prestigious group for their career achievements.

Honorees are Anda Andrei, President of Anda Andrei Design; Bill Bensley, Founder of Bensley; Joan Cardy, Founder of The Cardy Group; and Walter Isenberg, Cofounder, President, and CEO of Sage Hospitality.

Tuesday, November 14, 20017
6:30 pm: Cocktails
7:30 pm: Awards Dinner

Ziegfeld Ballroom
141 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

This is a black-tie festive dinner.

For more information please visit hospitalitydesign.com/awards-events/platinum-circle.

ICRF Gala 2017 — Unlocking Cures

Israel Cancer Research Fund logo

Israel Cancer Research Fund for the benefit of all mankind.

Master of Ceremonies — Ben Savage

Keynote Speaker — Avram Hershko M.D., Ph.D.
Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry. Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry 
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel.

Bonnie Hunt — Actress, Producer, Writer, Director and former cancer nurse.
Dr. David Snyder — nationally and internationally recognized expert in stem cell transportation for the treatment of leukemia and other blood disorders. Based at the City of Hope, Dr Snyder is dedicated to improving the lives and futures of those with cancer.

Musical Entertainment by The Tokens

Saturday, November 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hotel
300 South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA

To purchase tickets, support this event, or learn more, please visit icrfonline.org/los-angeles/event/2017-gala-unlocking-cures.


She Tank Female Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition logo

She Tank
Female Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition

Barbara is part of this Investor Panel and looks forward to hearing some great pitches for promising women-owned businesses! SHE TANK is a competition where female entrepreneurs pitch the Women’s Investor Panel to receive funding and support.

It’s all about women helping women! Attendees are welcome as audience members. Come cheer your favorite entrepreneurs and learn about funding your own projects and ideas! This event is part of the 360Karma Live, Love, thrive Women's Conference being held November 3-4, 2017 in the city of West Hollywood.

Friday, November 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Competition

West Hollywood City Council Chambers
(Theater inside West Hollywood Library)
West Hollywood, California

Information at 360karma.com/live-love-thrive-conference.

Barbara Lazaroff on the She Tank panel


Live, Love, Thrive Conference logo2nd Annual
Live, Love, Thrive Conference

360Karma and The City of West Hollywood present the Live Love Thrive Women’s Conference co-sponsored by the West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board and Honda of DTLA. This Conference provides two days of celebration of the power of women with a mission providing an opportunity to expand your network, get inspired, and learn practical solutions from expert speakers.

This day provides incredible networking opportunities in addition to musical performances, film shorts about extraordinary women, SHE Tank winners, and the 360Karma Women Awards honoring successful women giving back and paying it forward! The day ends with a celebration wrap party with food, drinks and more networking.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference
12:15 p.m. Complimentary Catered Luncheon
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. After Party

West Hollywood City Council Chambers
(Theater inside West Hollywood Library)
West Hollywood, California

To purchase tickets and for more information about this pitch event and the entire conference, visit 360karma.com/live-love-thrive-conference. A percentage of the ticket sales will go to Test 400K, a nonprofit organization to end violence against women.


AVIVA logoAVIVA's 2017
Platinum Circle Luncheon

This year Tonya Winfield joined Barbara as co-hosti for this fundraiser for AVIVA Children's Services.

Since 20012, Aviva's Platinum Associates have been a dynamic group of people who are dedicated not only to making a difference in the lives of local at-risk youth, but also to helping change their lives.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Spago Beverly Hills 
176 North Canon Drive 
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


No Kid Hungry logoNo Kid Hungry
Dinner Los Angeles
All the ingredients to end childhood hunger now

Barbara is happy to be part of the Host Committee for Los Angeles’ “No Kid Hungry” .

Honoring Chef andfundraiser Restaurateur Nancy Silverton of Monza Restaurant Group — and friend to so many — this will be a stellar food lovers dinner!!

With an impressive cast of 15 talented guest chefs both savory and sweet, at a lovely private estate, the party promises to be delicious and festive.

It will be a more casual atmosphere celebrating great food and wine, while raising funds to help end childhood hunger in our community.

Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Seated Dinner and Live Auction

Being held at a private residence in Beverly Hills

To learn more, please visit https://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/los-angeles-no-kid-hungry-dinner.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Barbara hopes to attend this Annual Big Bash Gala which will again celebrate another year of mentoring Los Angeles children and the impact BBBS is making on the community.

All proceeds benefit the BBBS proven one-to-one mentoring programs.

Friday, October 20, 2017
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Silent Auction, wonderful entertainment and honors will follow

The Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshile Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Cocktail Attire

To learn more and purchase tickets visit bbbslagala2017.auction-bid.org/microsite. You can also find an email and phone contact there. Or you can make a donation even if you can't attend.

If you're curious about more past events which with Barbara Lazaroff has been involved, please visit her Past Events page.

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