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
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.
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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, ASID
Imaginings Design, Inc.
Commercial & Residential Design
Based in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles
To contact Barbara for design work:
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.
Dinnerware by Barbara — The Flame of Life
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.
Wondering about this photo? One of Barbara's friends snapped this "Flame of Life Sighting" in Little Tokyo.
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.
What's Coming Up
Hospitality Design Summit
Hospitality Design Summit is the industry's leadership think tank. Its only networking conference — designed to sharpen the leadership skills executives need daily and to provide the big ideas the need to stay ahead of the competition. Every year presents new thinking from top global thought-leaders, academicians, researchers, authors, innovators, inventors, and strategists. All in a resort atmosphere that focuses on idea gathering, raw networking, and relationship building.
Wednesday - Friday, March 4-6, 2015
Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
For questions, please visit HDsummit.com or email HDsummit@EmeraldExpo.com.
Spago's 31st Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger
For the 31st time, Barbara is hosting a second night Seder at Spago.
Guests of all faiths are invited to attend, dine, and participate in a traditional Jewish Passover Seder with a gourmet twist.
Saturady, April 4, 2015
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Seating 5:30 p.m.
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs
WCR National Conference 2015
Panel Discussions, Classes and Workshops, and Offsite Tours as numerous chefs, television personalities, authors, restaurateurs and culinary experts will be sharing their knowledge and experiences. Among them, new President Elizabeth Falkner.
Saturday - Monday, April 18 - 21, 2015
The Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
For more information, please visit WomenChefs.org/wcr-conference/.
25th Annual JBF Awards
Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala
Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced on February 18, on the JamesBeard.org blog. The final nominees for all Awards categories will be announced March 24 at the James Beard House in New York City.
Then comes this James Beard Awards Awards Gala & Reception, a formal Black Tie event being held for the first time in Chicago rather than NY.
Monday, May 4, 2015
8 p.m. - midnight
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 North Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Information is available at JamesBeard.org.
Aviva Family and Children’s Services
Friday, May 9, 2015
Four Seasons Hotel
You can learn about Aviva at AvivaCenter.org.
87th Academy Awards, aka The Oscars
Barbara Lazaroff attended this year's Academy Awards, which were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Afterward, she enjoyed the Governor's Ball Dinner Dance, along with 1,500 select guests. For 21 years, Chef Wolfgang Puck and his W.P. Catering Company have created the special menu for this ball.
Also celebrating the Oscars was Vanity Fair — at their private Oscar Viewing Party held at Chef Puck and Ms Lazaroff's restaurant, Spago Besverly Hills.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Hollywood & Highland
Red carpet opening of
White Rabbit — a new film
by Barbara's new production company
Please join us as our guest at the launch of our new production company, in conjunction with the red carpet opening of the star-studded feature film, White Rabbit.
~ Britt Robertson (Cake, Tomorrowland)
~ Nick Krause (Boyhood, The Descendents)
~ Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault In Our Stars)
~ Ryan Lee (Super 8, This is 40)
White Rabbit is about a high school shooter in the making and the devastating effects of teen bullying. It seems that every time you turn on the news, there’s another story about someone who eventually snapped after years of bullying. We hope that White Rabbit will be a catalyst to opening up a dialogue about an issue that affects us all.
We've announced our new production company, Filmanthropic, where we will create socially conscious, mainstream movies and television AND generate funds and awareness for their causes.
Filmanthropic and Breaking Glass Pictures are hosting White Rabbit Screenings/Fundraisers in a 10-City Bullying Prevention Tour. Those proceeds will benefit: Variety the Children’s Charity and specific anti-bullying charities.
This is a great cause to get in front of…. and Filmanthropic’s business model is to attach cause to everything we produce!"
~ Barbara Lazaroff
& Jordan Roberts
February 13, 2015
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA
6:15 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals
7:30 p.m. Screening
Chinese New Year at Chinois
Guests at Chinois celebrated the coming of the Year of the Sheep.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Chinois On Main
2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
New Year's Eve at Chinois
Chinois' New Year's Eve was a Moonlight Masquerade and the food — as always was amazing.
Chinois On Main
2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA
New Year’s Eve
at Spago Beverly Hills
Spago's first seating was for those who rang in 2015 elsewhere. The later took guests into the New Year with champagne, a DJ and dancing.
December 31, 2014
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
~ First Seating: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Special New Year's menu with ala carte pricing
~ Second Seating: 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
3-course option-loaded menu and glass of champagne, $275 per person
~ 1 a.m. breakfast buffet
Spago's Ellen Farentino always invites your reservation and event queries at 310-385-0880.
Spago Beverly Hills' Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Spago Beverly HIlls featured Gospel Style Carolers and a 3-course menu loaded with options.
December 24, 2014
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For info and reservations you can always call Ellen Farentino at 310-385-0880.
City Meals Womens Power Lunch
and Patricia Wexler
November 21, 2014
Reception in Grand Foyer
Lunch in Grand Ballroom
768 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10019
For information about
Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon
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.
November 12, 2014
For information about the organization and its work, visit ShebaMed.org.
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards
For 26 years, Hospitality Design magazine has awarded industry leaders—designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs—with the Platinum Circle designation.
This year's inductees are a legendary architect, a pioneer of luxury hotels and resorts, a brilliant interior designer, and one of the country’s most influential restaurateurs.
Being honored is an innovative design firm reaching a milestone anniversary. This 26th annual event is promised to be a night not to miss — and Barbara won't be missing it.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai
Women’s Guild Gala
Since 1957, the Women’s Guild has been dedicated to supporting Cedars-Sinai. It supports patient care, vital medical programs and equipment, biomedical research, and education. This cocktail attire event honored Bruce L. Gewertz, MD who received the Medical Visionary Award and Fay & Frank Mancuso who received the Hollywood Icon Award. It featured Arturo Sandoval and his Big Band with Monica Mancini. Special Guests were Andy Garcia and Joe Mantegna.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Dinner, Awards, and Entertainment
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills. CA
For ticket and sponsorship info, visit WomensGuildCS.org/our-events/upcoming-events#.VC0qZb7F_ww
Annual Stars Gala
For 37 years, the Fulfillment Fund has been making 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. Fulfillment Fund is based on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and invites you to come to an Open House Tour. And, of course, to help support them in any way, including this Business Attire Annual Stars Gala.
Charles Fox receivied the Founders Award while Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Relativity Media received the Tom Sherak Award. The event was hosted by John Oliver and featured Special Guest Kathy Griffin and a musical performance by Jennifer Hudson.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:30 p.m. dinner
Live Auction and Entertainment
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Fulfillmentfund.org/stars.
The Magnolia Council's
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
2014 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique
Barbara and fellow attendees honored Dr. R. Kendrick Slate and the nurses of Cedars-Sinai Tower Hematology Oncology Medial Group. 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.
Monday, October 13, 2014
10 a.m. - noon: Boutique
Noon: Luncheon Program & Opportunity Drawing
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA
For more information please visit this Magnolia Council page at TowerCancerFoundation.org or call their office at (310) 299-8470.
If you're curious about more past events which with Barbara Lazaroff has been involved, please visit her Events page.