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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

podcast icon 2015 The Exuberant Living Podcast!

Interviews with dynamic people in the arts and entertainment — filmmakers, authors,vocal performers, dancers, actors, comedians — with business people changing the world, the talented folks in the culinary arena philanthropists and social activists, scientists and medical researchers, and more.
What can you learn from them? Listen and see.

Proudly featured on iTunes' New and Noteworthy list!

Please visit the official Apple iTunes page
to hear the latest podcasts including the 14th episode — with Melissa Manchester on January 19.
But we also have just one of them here for you. Here's Barbara's interview with "Jersey Boy" John Lloyd Young:

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Barbara Lazaroff's business card logo, Imaginings Design

BARBARA LAZAROFF, ASID
Interior Designer
Imaginings Design, Inc.


Commercial & Residential Design

Based in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles

To contact Barbara for design work:
call 310-276-7939
or
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

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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.

sightingThe 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.
Available on
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Wondering about this photo? One of Barbara's friends snapped this "Flame of Life Sighting" in Little Tokyo.

 


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.

 

 

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

Chinese New Year at Chinois On Main

Chinois On Main, LogoChinese New Year! A good time and a special menu as always! Come celebrate the coming Year.

Monday, February 8, 2016
and Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chinois On Main
2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

You can alway learn about Chinois by calling 310-392-9025.


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WCR — Women Chefs & Restauranteurs

23rd Annual WCR Conference
Imagine your Dreams and Ignite the Future

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016

Being held at several locations around LA with the InterContinental as the official hotel:
InterContinental Century City at Beverly Hills
2151 Avenue of the StarsWomen Chefs & Restaurateurs logo
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Barbara Lazaroff was one of the original founders of Women Chefs & Restauranteurs, loves that "so many great and talented women have nurtured and grown this organization" and happily shares this info about the group's 23rd Annual Conference.

Women Chef and Restaurateurs was created to connect women in all areas of the food and beverage business.

The annual National WCR Conference, being held in Los Angeles for only the second time, is an opportunity to learn and grow with the great women of the culinary world. Each year, renowned chefs, television personalities, authors, restaurateurs and culinary experts get together at this conference to share their knowledge and experience.

As Barbara tells us, "Food & Wine parties, educational lectures, mentoring, cooking demos, competition and foodie tours around LA areas. Meet your favorite chefs or allow them to meet you network laugh learn relax eat and drink!!!"

For information and to register, please visit WomenChefs.org.

Recent Happenings

National Association of Television Programming
NATPE 2016NATPE Logo

Tuesday, January 19
through
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels
Miami Beach, Florida

The annual NATPE Market & Conference serves the worldwide television community. Barbara attended this year because she is the co-founder, with Jordan Roberts, of FGI: Filmanthropic Group International — a studio that creates socially conscious mainstream film and media, generating funds and awareness for their causes. (For example, In 2015, to raise awareness about bullying, FGI hosted the “White Rabbit” release party screening and donated to various charities.)

NATPE 2016

For more informationa about NATPE, visit natpe.com/market

 

Citymeals-on-Wheels
29th annual power lunch for women

Citymeals on Wheels logoThe Citymeals Power Lunch for Women is a don't miss appointment in many of New York City’s leading women in business, art, politics, entertainment, etc. And this excellent networking is for a great cause as well. Citymeals-on-Wheels provides home-delivered meals to New York’s homebound elderly. Barbara, a native of New York, rarely misses the opportunity to be there and is looking forward to being there this year.

Honoring Citymeals Board Member Yusi Gonzalez-Gurrera, co-owner of Citarella
Emcee Norah O’Donnell, Co-Host CBS This Morning

November 20, 2015
11:45 a.m.

The Plaza Hotel
768 Fifth Avenue
NYC, NY

To learn more about this year's lunch, visit this page and to learn more about the organization and it's services you can always visit citymeals.org.

Women’s Guild Cedars Sinai Supper Club

For over 50 years Women’s Guild has been bringing hope to patients. The women of the Guild have inspired innovation at Cedars-Sinai and raised more than $40 million to support clinical and scientific advances.

This year the gala honors:
Judy and Bernard Briskin
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

csSaturday, November 14, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

For more information, please visit womensguildcs.org.

 

ShebaFriends of Sheba Medical Center
45th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Friends of Sheba Medical Center is the U.S. organization that supports Sheba Medical Center in Israel—the largest and most comprehensive medical center in Israel and the Middle East. Barbara is a board member and does her best to attend this event.

What makes a Hero? Honoring Our Heroes
Emcee, Jason Alexander with Celebrity guests and entertainment

Sunday, November 15
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

For information about this even, go to this page.
For info about the organization, please visit FriendsOfSheba.org.

Zimmer logoZimmer Children's Museum
Discovery Award Dinner

The Discovery Award is presented annually to extraordinary individuals who are leaders in their fields and communities. As a long-time supporter of the Zimmer Children's Museum, Barbara rarely misses this event.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:30 p.m.

The Globe Theatre
Universal Studios
Universal City, CA

You can learn more at Gala.ZimmerMuseum.org/about-the-dinner.

 

27th Annual HD Platinum
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards

Hospitality Design magazine annually awards industry leaders—designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs—with the Platinum Circle designation.

This year celebrates the 50th Anniversary of HBA as a new crop of deserving inductees are welcomed. As usual, Barabara will be there to help celebrate and honor the new inductees.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Conrad Hotel
102 North End Ave New York, New York 10282

For event info visit HDPlatinumCircle.com.
To learn more about Hospitality Design visit HospitalityDesign.com

 

NEWH International
Gold Key Awards Ceremony

Members of NEWH, Inc. are professionals actively engaged in development, management/ operations, architecture, communications, design, distribution, education, manufacturing, production, purchasing, and sales of the Hospitality, Foodservice, Senior Living and related industries.

Barbara will be there as her friend Deborah Herman receives the NEWH International Icon of Industry award.

Monday, November 9, 2015
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Waldrof Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York City, NY 10022

For more information about NewH and the awards, please visit NEWH.org.

 

Beverly Hills Police Officers Association
2015 Black & White Gala

Did you know that a Law Enforcement Officer dies in the line of duty an average of every 58 hours, that tragically killed in the line of duty increased 24% between 2013 and 2014, and that in 2014, more Officers were killed in California than in any other state. Police Officers have a lifespan of 10 years less than the average male in the United States.

This is why, althought Barbara can't be at this gala, she doesn't hesitate to donate to her local police organization and shares this organiation and event with you.

November 2, 2015

You can learn more about the 2015 gala at bhpoa.org/black-and-white-gala-information.
You can always learn more about the association at bhpoa.org.

 

L.A. Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
2015 Gala Dinner
The legacy of Woman in Gold

Join in recognizing three distinguished community leaders, in honoring the legacy of the recovered art, and in supporting future generations who carry forward Survivors' message of continuity and hope.

Why Woman in Gold?
In 2006, with courage and determination, Randy Schoenberg (recipient of this year’s LAMOTH Legacy and Leadership Award) lead a legal battle on behalf of Maria Altmann that resulted in the extraordinary recovery of her family's art. This included the return of a 1907 gold leaf painting by Gustav Klimt known as The Woman in Gold — a painting of Maria Altmann's aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer. 

Honoring E. Randol Schoenberg, Richard Jones, and Stacey Janks Jasper

Barbara regrets she won't be able to attend as she must be in NY. However, as a museum supporter and in appreciation of art, she'd like you to know about this event and museum.

L.A. Museum of the Holocaust logoNov. 1, 2015

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

To learn about the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust and this event, please visit LAMOTH.org.

 

WestEdge Design Fairlogo

Invited to bring her "extraordinary background designing restaurants" to a panel called Kitchens for Entertaining: Get the Essential Mix for the Consummate Party Experience, Barbara will be speaking at the WestEdge Design Fair. Barbara will share her "dream list for the consummate functional/elegant kitchen experience that results in the ultimate entertaining experience."

The entire Design Fair is four days, 10,000+ design enthusiasts networking with design industry insiders, seeing the latest in modern design, engaging in panel discussions, and shopping from over 150 exhibiting brands.

Friday, October 23, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

WestEdge Design Fair runs from October 22 - 25.
For info about Barbara's panel, please visit WestEdgeDesignFair.com/panels-seminars-2015/
To learn hours and full show details, visit WestedgeDesignFair.com

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Eagle-and-Badge -oundation-logo2015 Eagle & Badge Gala
In the Line of Duty Awards

Funds raised by this event benefit the Eagle & Badge Foundation.

The Eagle and Badge Foundation provides assistance to current, retired and fallen in the Line of Duty LAPD employees and their families in time of critical need. It also provides help for children in the communities served by LAPD.

Featuring:
Master of Ceremonies:
Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight
Special Guest Performance: The Tenors

Black Tie Optional

Sunday, October 17, 2015
5:30 p.m. Red Carpet, Hosted Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Gourmet Dinner
Awards and Entertainment

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

To learn about the Eagle and Badge Foundation and this gala, please visit EagleAndBadgeFoundation.com.
For more information, please call 818-994-4661.

 

21st Annual
Fulfillment Fund Stars Gala

The Fulfillment Fund makes college a reality for students in educationally/economically under-resourced communities. This starts by opening young people’s eyes to the possibility of higher education through classroom instruction, mentoring, one-on-one college counseling and experiential learning.

Honoring film and TV Producer Mark Gordon who will be recognized with the Tom Sherak Award.

Business AttireFulfillment Fund logo

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:30 p.m. dinner
Live Auction and Entertainment

Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit fulfillment.org/stars.

 

The Magnolia Council's
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
2015 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique

The Magnolia Council develops and fosters Tower Cancer Research Foundation, its mission, and activities. Funds from this annual luncheon benefit the Tower Cancer Research Fund and their many cutting edge research trials.

Barbara will be there to enjoy the program and her fellow attendee supporters as she continues her support of the foundation and its work.

The Magnolia Council' logo

Monday, October 12, 2015
10 a.m. - noon: Boutique
Noon: Luncheon & Program

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information please visit the Magnolia Council page at TowerCancerFoundation.org or call their office at (310) 299-8470.

The 15th Annual Les Girls Cabaret
Les Girls 15 Cabaret

Each year, the Les Girls cabaret is held to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCC). Attendees have a blast enjoying the sexy wit for a great cause. Barbara always does and will be there again.

Les Girls logo

Honoree: Joyce Brandman

Scheduled to Appear
Bryan Batt, Emily Bergl, Chaz Bono, Barrett Foa,
Peri Gilpin, Chris Gorham, Harriet Harris, Josh Lawson,
Eric McCormack, Andrea Navedo, Ana Ortiz, June Diane Raphael, Brit Shaw,
Abigail Spencer, Tracie Thoms, and Steven Weber

Sunday, October 11, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction
7:30 p.m. Cabaret

Avalon Hollywood
1735 North Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

For more information and to learn about donating to the auction, please visit this page at breastcancerdeadline2020.

 

Remembering Pavarotti - Concert & Gala

rememberingpavarottiLegendary tenor Andrea Bocelli and renowned soprano Renée Fleming headlined this gala concert celebrating the life and legacy of Luciano Pavarotti, the most outstanding tenor of his day. Pavarotti died tragically of pancreatic cancer.

Barbara and her guest thoroughly enjoyed this special concert and gala dinner with the added benefit of knowing that proceeds from this gala go to support of pancreatic cancer research at the Salk Institute.

Immediately following the concert, supporters enjoyed a VIP gala dinner chaired by Goldie Hawn, Steve Kaplan and Ogden Phipps, III.

Barbara Lazaroff and guest at Remembering PavarottiSeptember 25, 2015
Concert 6:30 p.m.
Gala Dinner followed

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Music Center
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, C 90012

For more information please visit RememberingPavarotti.org.

 

The Bel Air Affaire 2015
Music Beneath the Stars

logo of American Friends of the Hebrew UniversityThis year’s annual summer fundraising event in support of scholarships for Hebrew University students will be an exclusive can’t-miss musical experience. You are invited to join this enchanted evening in support of scholarships for students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Enjoy a theatrical performance from the LA Opera, performing opera’s most celebrated classics and Broadway’s favorite melodies.

The eveni includes the presentation of The Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award to Albert Sweet.

Barbara Lazaroff at the The Bel Air Affaire 2015 fund-raiserGenerously supported by Brindell Gottlieb.

Saturday,
September 19, 2015
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

At a private home
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information please visit this page at afhu.org. For information and reservations please call (310) 843-3100 or email ecohen@afhu.org.

 

Kindred Spirits logo 2015 8th Annual
Kindred Spirits

Each year Kindred Spirits, a l world-class concert event conducted by Dr. Noreen Green, is held to benefit a different worthy cause. Seven years, seven charities endowed!

The 2015 beneficiary is Augie's Quest, an organization seeking a cure for ALS.

John Ondrasik will be joined by theatre and stage stars, Lizzie Weiss and Ilan Davidson, along with the KindredSPIRITS Orchestra and Gospel Choir.

Sunday, June 14, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Saban Theatre
Beverly Hills, CA

(Private bus transportation available)

For more information, to buy tickets, and for sponsorship opportunites please visit KindredSpirits.org.

LAFDLA Fire Department Foundation presents
Fahrenheit 2015

All day, every day, the firefighters and paramedics of the Los Angeles Fire Department — committed to our safety — must be prepared for anything. Building and brush fires, car accidents and medical emergencies.
LA is a city of 4 million people, so when the department responded to more than 750,000 calls for help last year, units rolled out every 36 seconds!

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is the LAFD’s primary source for private financial support.

So this year more than 600 guests are expected at Fahrenheit 2015 as they gather to honor honor Loreen Arbus and Queen Latifah

Dressy, Casual
Valet Parking

Saturaday, June 6, 2015

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception featuring
LAFD Exhibits, Demos, and a Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. – Dinner, Program and Entertainment

Los Angeles Fire Department Disaster Preparedness Unit
5101 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA

You can learn about this event at SupportLAFD.org/news/ and we invite you to visit SupportLAFD.org any time.

 

NAWBO-LA's 29th Annual
Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon

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Barbara is a long-time member and supporter of this great group that is dedicated to helping women grow in leadership and business skills across all industries. As always, she had a table there, supporting the organation and helping good women to meet other good women and further their careers and business!

June 5, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Power Panel, the panel discussion with the honorees at 2:30 p.m.

JW Marriott Los Angeles
L.A. LIVE
900 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

For complete information and to buy tickets, please visit nawbola.org/events/nawbo-las-29th-annual-leadership-and-legacy-awards-luncheon.

 

Rachel's Society benefitting
Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)
Presents...

The American premiere of O My God, by Anat Gov, starring American/Israeli actor Mike Burstyn, recipient of multiple Israeli "Oscars" and DInner at Pat's Restaurant.

Rachel’s Society focuses on women’s cancer awareness and research.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Show at: The Pico Playhouse
10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

To learn more about ICRF, please call the ICRF office at 310-274-2400 or visit ICRFonline.org.
To learn move about Rachel's Society, visit ICRFonline.org/rachels-society.

 

Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Future Fund Scholarship Luncheon

BBBS logoSherry Lansing and Sarah Purcell, Co-Founders of the Greater Los Angeles Future Fund Scholarship Endowment invite supporters of this excellent program to attend the 22nd Annual Future Fund Scholarship Luncheon.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles changes Los Angeles communities by changing the lives of LA's children.

The Big Sisters of Los Angeles Future Fund was founded in 1993 by Sherry Lansing and Sarah Purcell. The supporters of this Future Fund Endowment are men, women and foundations representing many different professions and industries, including entertainment, publishing, fashion and law, who are committed to securing that the agency has a solid financial future.

The Future Fund Endowment provides scholarships for BBBS graduating mentees (Little Sisters) pursuing higher education, as well as a sound financial foundation through the income from the endowment for the continuation of the agency’s programs and Big Sister/Little Sister matches.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

at a Private Home in Beverly Hills
Address and details will be provided upon registration.

RSVP by May 22, 2015 to Sarah.Bennett@BBBSLA.org.

You can learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles at BBBSLA.org.

 

American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design LA 2015logo

Barbara Lazaroff again performed her role as the annual emcee to present these awards, which honor excellence in the design of restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, and nightclubs. The awards recognize both Jury winners, as well as People’s Choice winners, which are voted on by the general public.

Saturday, May 30, 2015
4:30 p.m.

LA Convention Center, Stage A
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

For more info visit DwellOnDesign.com/events/aiala-restaurant-design-awards-1. The awards are on part of a three day event.
Information and the full schedule was at DwellOnDesign.com/schedule.

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

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