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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.
Available on
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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

James Beard Awards
Gala & Reception 2019James Beard logo 2019

Barbara plans to her tradition of attending to again honor and celebrate this year's winners.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

Monday, May 6, 2019
Awards ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. CT
The gala walk-around tasting reception immediately follows the Awards ceremony.
Black-Tie attire

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 North Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

For info see jamesbeard.org/awards.


H.D. Design Expo

HD Expo logoHD Expo, a Hospitality Design event, is the leading tradeshow and conference for the hospitality design community, bringing together designers, owner/operators, brand executives, architects, purchasers, and manufacturers for three days of inspiration, CEU-accredited education, and exceptional networking.

Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 17, 2019

Mandalay Bay Convention Center
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

You can learn all about it at HDexpo.com.


Recent Happenings

Hospitality Design Summit

Hospitality Design Summit logoHD Summit is the industry’s only networking conference focused on ideas outside hospitality. Because everyone needs fresh thinking and new sources of inspiration, HD Summit is designed to sharpen the leadership skills executives need daily-and to provide the big ideas needed to stay ahead of the competition.

HD Summit is presented by Hospitality Design (HD) magazine.

February 27- March 1, 2019

The Diplomat Beach Resort
Hollywood, FL

For more info visit HDSummit.com.HDSummit-2019


Careers Through Culinary Arts Program
C•CAP Annual Benefit

C-CAP logo 2019

Enjoy a grand 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.

C-CAP, a national nonprofit co-chaired by chef, author, and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson and founded by culinary educator Richard Grausman, provides underserved high school students with educational and career opportunities through the culinary arts. Your support of this event is instrumental to transform lives of C-CAP students.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

5:45p.m. - 9:00 p.m. VIP
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. General Admission

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

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


91st Academy Awards & Governors Ball

Oscar statueAfter America and the Hollywood world watch and celebrate the Academy Awards, the Oscars, the industry celebrates at the Governor’s Ball and Dinner —the official Academy Awards celebration.

Barbara's son, Byron Lazaroff-Puck will again join his father and Chef Eric Klein, Vice President of Culinary, to help create the event's magic.

The spectacular Governor’s Ball and Dinner will again be catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering as it has been for over two decades.

Sunday, February 24, 2019WP Catering logo

Dolby Theatre
Hollywood & Highland Center

Hollywood, CA


Chinois on Mainlogo
Chinese New Year

Barbara joined the festivities as everyone at Chinois celebrated the year of the honorable pig with a special menu.

The Pig is the most generous and honorable sign in the Chinese zodiac.Pigs are perfectionists and care deeply about family and friends. Some years of the Pig are 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019. Curious about more?

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90405
310 392 3037

Chinois Chinese New Year menu 2019


Spago Beverly Hills
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

Spago New Years Eve logo

Masquerade Ball
1st Seating: Pre Celebration Experience
2nd Seating: The Spago Masquerade
Also: The Spago Masquerade VIP Experience

Live Entertainment
The Brenna Whitaker Little Big Band
Dancing & DJ

Cocktail Attire Suggested
Mask Contest

Monday, December 31, 2018

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


Spago Beverly Hills
Christmas Eve at Spago

3 Course "Selection" Prix-fixe Holiday Dinner

Live Music Featuring Santa Sisters SingersSpago Christmas image

Monday, December 24, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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


Citymeals 32nd Annual Power Lunch for Women

Citymeals logo

Gael Greene and James Beard founded Citymeals after learning thousands of their older neighbors had nothing to eat on weekends and holidays.

Citymeals has been serving homebound elderly New Yorkers since 1981.

Barbara always does her best to attend this luncheon as part of her continuing support to feed people in need. She was there last year when this lunch raised over $1 million, enough to fund nearly 136,000 meals for older New Yorkers in need.

She plans to be there in support this year to help the meet the growing needs.

Tony award-winning actress Jane Krakowski

Longtime Citymeals supporters Kathie Lee Gifford, Co-Host of the 4th Hour of the Today Show
Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York
Derek Blasberg, YouTube's Director of Fashion and Beauty.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
11:30 a.m.

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

For info please see: Citymeals.org/powerlunch.


30th Annual
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards Gala

Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards logo 2017 Hospitality Design magazine awarded industry leaders—designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs—with the coveted Platinum Circle designation for three decades! This 30th year, another group of luminaries were inducted into this prestigious group for their career achievements.

Tuesday, November 13, 20018
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. 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.


Boutique Design Trade Fair 2018
Gold Key Awards Gala

Boutique Design NY trade fair logoHeld each November, the Boutique Design Trade Fair connects hospitality industry folks with the most inventive manufacturers and most influential design minds in the hospitality industry.

8,000+ interior designers, architects, purchasing agents and owners/developers together with more than 750 manufacturers and marketers of exceptional design elements for hospitality interiors.

With two days of discovery, education and conversation including 35 sessions, attendeds learn about the trends and strategies in play for 2019 and beyond.

The Gold Key awards ceremony and gala are held in conjunction with the fair.

Trade Fair/Conference
November 11 and 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day

Gold Key Awards Gala
Gotham Hall 
Monday, November 12, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

For full information please visit bdny.com.
Gold Key awards info is linked under Social Events.


American Wine and Food Festival ®
Chefs Boutique Dinner
Benefiting No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry logo

The stellar all female chef participants include:

  • Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger — Border Grill
  • Nancy Silverton — Osteria Mozza
  • Hilary Henderson — CUT Beverly Hills
  • Suzanne Tracht — Jar
  • Jenny Ung — WP Experimental Kitchen
  • Della Gossett — Spago

Wine service:
Ellen Farentino — GM Cut
Cristie Norman —Spago sommelier

Support from:
Alicia Boada — Corporate Chef Callebaut
Chef Rochelle Huppin
Truffle Brothers
Petrovich Caviar
Savory Gourmet

Sunday, November 11, 2018
6:30 p.m.

At a private home in Beverly Hills

This special event is produced by Barbara Lazaroff — Spago, Chinois, CUT
Founder & President of The American Wine and Food Festival Foundation.

This event sold out but we'll be having more like it.

Chefs Boutique Dinner


ICRF Mission 2018:
A Celebration of Israel and Israeli Science

ICRF logoThe 2018 Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) Mission to Israel in celebration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary will include new and exciting opportunities.

Trip Highlights:

  • Enjoy unique dining experiences at the most modern and innovative restaurants around the country
  • Visit ICRF-funded scientists in their labs
  • Relax and rejuvenate at luxurious and eclectic accommodations
  • Experience the vibrant and trendy outdoor markets of Tel Aviv
  • Join in an ATV trip along Israel’s verdant north
  • Meet with medical teams at Ziv Hospital in Tzfat caring for the Syrian wounded
  • Be inspired by the ICRF/City of Hope cancer research symposium, where mission attendees will have the option to learn from leading investigators at the forefront of cancer research
  • Explore an internationally celebrated winery and learn about the expansive oenologic endeavors in Israel

November 8 - 15, 2018

To learn more about the Mission visit: mission.icrfonline.org/index.html.

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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