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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

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

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.

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
amazon logo

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

 

 

 

 

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

NAWBO-LA luncheon logoNAWBO-LA's
30th Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon

As always, Barbara will be at this event, helping women to meet, mix, and help one another.

Friday, June 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

For complete info and to buy tickets, visit nawbola.org/events/30th-annual-leadership-and-legacy-luncheon.

 

 

Recent Happenings

Spago's 32nd Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon,
A Jewish Response To Hunger


32 years of second night Seders at Spago!

32 yeasr of of raising funds to benefit MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger — a national nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger among all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

The seder, will be led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braie.
It will be supplemented by the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir performing songs specially prepared for this seder.

Over the years, dinner guests have included many entertainers such as: Rita Moreno, Melissa Manchester, Lainie Kazan, Carol Connors, Max Ehrich and Gregg Sulkin, along with studio heads and directors.

Over 40 percent of the guests aren't Jewish. In addition to doing this as a fund-raiser, Barbara hosts this annual seder because " if you open your traditions and celebrations to all, no matter your religion, background or customs, it fosters tolerance, greater harmony and closer understanding among all people."

And another reason guests love this seder is its gourmet twist. After all, this is Spago!

Guests wait all year for the Spago matzah and macaroons.

Saturady, April 23, 2016
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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

For Seder reservations please call Spago’s General Manager, Steve Springer at 310-385-0880.

 

Women Chefs and Restauranteurs event page header

WCR — Women Chefs & Restauranteurs

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

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs logoSunday, 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 Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Barbara Lazaroff will be speaking on a panel entitled: What Your PR Person Should Do For YOU! That's on Sunday from 4:15-5:00 p.m. at the InterContinental in the main Ballroom during General Session.

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Barbara 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.

 

88th Academy Awards, aka The Oscars

For 22 years, W.P. Catering has catered the Governors Ball Dinner, the official Academy Awards celebration — and for the 22nd year, Barbara Lazaroff attended both events. Here's Barbara visiting Oscar himself, with her beau John in the auditorium before the awards ceremony, at the entrance to the Governors Ball, and with Spago’s Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett.

Sunday, March 28, 2016

Hollywood & Highland
Hollywood, CA

Oscars 2016

 

Chinese New Year at Chinois On Main

Chinese 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.

 

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

Citymeals Luncheon 2015

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

 

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.

WestEdge

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

#WestEdge
@WestEdgeDesign

 

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.

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

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