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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

Come Together For A Night to Remember!
Bel Air Affaire

Since 2008, the Bel Air Affaire has raised more than $7 million for deserving students on scholarship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem! 

Honoring with Pride and Admiration
Hella and Chuck Hershson
Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award

Honorary Chairs
Patricia Glaser, Sam Mudie May, and Richard Ziman

Saturday, September 15, 2018
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment

At a private residence in the Beverly Hills area

To learn more about the American Friends of Hebrew University, visit AFHU.org.

Seating for this event is limited.
For more information contact Esther Cohen at 310-843-3100 or WestCoast@AFHU.org


WestEdge Design Fair 2018

WestEdge logoFour days of design and design enthusiasts. Networking with design industry insiders, seeing the latest in modern design, engaging in panel discussions, and shopping from over 150 exhibiting brands.

Thursday, October 18
through Sunday, October 21, 2018

Opening Night Preview Party Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Open to the Trade and Public Friday-Sunday

The Barker Hanger
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

For show details, visit WestedgeDesignFair.com



Recent Happenings

The ultimate
Father's Day BBQ + Blues Dinner

Bring on the good times with family and friends.

Father's Day Dinner featuring Live Fire Cooking in the Garden Patio — with a unique 3-course selection Prix-Fixe Menu* finishing with a Pie & Cobbler shop for dessert.

Live music featuring the Gary Allegreto Band, a world-class blues band.

Supplement the experience with...
Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar, World Class Beer Menu, Sun Brewed Southern Sweet Tea (*Beverages not included)

Spago Beverly Hills Father's Day BBQ + Blues Dinner$125 per person

Sunday, June 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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

To make a reservation
visit this page
or call Spago at 310-385-0880.


The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl
    SPAGO Japanese Speakeasy

One night only, popping up at Spago Beverly Hills...
Japanese Cocktail Bar Experience

Spago Beverly Hills will celebrate the end of Food Bowl’s Cocktail Week with a Japanese-inspired, cocktail lounge experience.

Spago chef de cuisine Tetsu Yahagi has invited chef David Schlosser (Shibumi) to show their unique take on Japanese kappo-style dishes.

Spago Signature Food Bowl-inspired cocktails will feature whiskey from Suntory and Kirishima shochu. Includes 5 small plate courses, canapes & Cocktails. Option to add Guided Suntory Whisky tasting and/or Additional Waygu Course.


May 31, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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

To make a reservation
visit this page or call Spago at 310-385-0880.


Your Mom Cares Luncheon

Barbara hosted a private invitation-only luncheon event for "Your Mom Cares."

Your Mom Cares is a group of celebrity and influencer’s moms who go where the need is greatest to help America’s children. We work to ensure that all kids have access to quality health care, a safe place to sleep, meals on the table, and a strong education.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
NoonYour Mom Cares 2018 Marilu Henner, hostess Barbara Lazaroff, Jill Zaben

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

Want to know more?
The website is YourmMomCares.org.

Your Mom Cares 2018 at Spago Beverly Hills


65 Years of SHAREing
"That Lovin' Feein" with The Righteous Brothers

Since 1953, the women of SHARE have been committed to raising funds for service and reserch to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities, prevent child abuse and aid neglected and at-risk children.

In celebration of 65 Years of Service to Children, SHARE presented "That Lovin' Feein" with The Righteous Brothers, a dinner and show fundraising event.

Barbara Lazaroff at SHARE 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Show

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly HIlls, CA 90210

Dressy Western Attire

For more info, visit Share4Children.org.


Women’s hospitality empowerment luncheon
Women in Leadership: Luncheon & Panel Discussion

An exclusive luncheon to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of women in the industry. Through food, drink, humor and meaningful conversation - the inspiring stories and diverse experiences of women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries will be shared.

Los Angeles Times Food Editor Amy Scattergood hosted an interactive panel discussion with:

  • Ellen Bennett, Founder of Hedley & Bennet
  • Chef Evan Kleiman host of Good Food, Cookbook Author & all around Culinary Multitasker
  • Top Chef & Wolfgang Puck Alum, Antonia Lofaso of Scopa Italian Roots & Black Market
  • Nadine Levi Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen and cookbook author of Downtime

The panel was followed by a luncheon hosted by CUT Beverly Hill’s all-woman leadership team, Hilary Henderson (Chef de Cuisine), Ellen Farentino (General Manager), Megan Vaughn (Executive Sous Chef) & Angela Tong (Pastry Chef). This creative and talented group of women run the most recognized steak restaurant in all of Los Angeles, and set a fantastic example for how to keep a Michelin Star restaurant ahead of the pack.

A portion of the proceeds from this event go to support the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center.

“I would like for other women to see us working together, and succeeding, and know that if we can do it, they can do it too.”
- Hilary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine- CUT Beverly Hills.

Women in Leadership: Luncheon & Panel Discussion

Friday May 18, 2018
Noon - 3:00 p.m.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck
at the Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212



32nd Annual
Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon

NAWBO-LA 2017 logo NAWBO-LA — National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles — aims to transform business, lives and potentially the world. The women of NAWBO-LA create a culture of transformation marked by a movement that will impact equality, power, and achievement for this generation of entrepreneurs and the next.

Join them for this 32nd Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon celebrating connections and bringing a legion of successful women business owners and leaders together. Celebrate the success of its honorees and fabulous speakers whose excellence personifies NAWBO-LA: the spirit of leadership. Barbara was inducted into NAWBO's 2000 Hall of Fame and received NAWBO’s Legacy Award in 2013.

Friday, May 18, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

To purchase an Early Bird ticket, visit this page. The luncheon is also listed at on the NAWBO website.

To learn more about NAWBO-LA visit NAWBO.org/los-angeles.


Mother's Day Jazz Brunch
     at Spago, Beverly Hills

FEATURING Spago Mothers Day Jazz Brunch
Sultry Jazz by Melissa Morgan

3-course brunch menu
Chef Della Gossett's Gelateria & Bake Shop

Sunday, May 13, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210

$145 per adult
$65 per child (under the age of 12)

Purchase tickets at: SpagoBeverlyHills.tocktix.com/
or call 310-385-0880

James Beard Awards Gala 2018

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. James Beard Foundation logo

Barbara will keep her tradition of attend the James Beard Awards Awards Gala & Reception to join in honoring and celebrating the new winners.

Monday, May 7, 2018
Awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Central Time
The Awards Gala 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.

Barbara Lazaroff at the James Beard Awards Gala 2018


A Toast to Barbara Lazaroff

In Chicago for the James Beard Awards, Margaret McSweeney & Yvonne Cadiz-Kim joined up with Chef Jaime Laurita for and afternoon of...

Bubbles, Brunch & Barbara

Sunday May 6, 2018
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Viking logo

The Viking Showroom
in the Merchandise Mart of Chicago
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois

Bubbles, Brunch & Barbara

Barbara Lazaroff Bubbles Brunch & Barbara event 2018


Cedars Sinai Womens Guild Jubilee 2018Cedars Sinai Women's Guild Jubilee

Honoring Lyn and Norman Lear
Hosted by Jason Alexander

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cedars Sinai Womens Guild Jubilee May 3, 2018


Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference
(HD Expo)

HD Expo logoEach May in Las Vegas, the show offers the newest and most innovative products and services, from carpet and wallcoverings to accessories and bathroom products.

The inspiring and expansive show floor is dedicated to bringing the interior design industry the best available resources for their projects—many exhibitors use HD Expo as a launchpad for new products and offerings.

Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 4, 2018

Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas

To learn more please visit HDExpo.com.


Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Women of Achievement Luncheon 2018

Friends of Sheba logoChanging one life in Israel changes medicine worldwide.

This luncheon helps ensure the health and welfare of all those who are treated at Sheba Medical Center. Barbara is proud to have the honor of being a Vice President on the Friends of Sheba Board of Directors.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Reception 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon 12:00 p.m.

Dietary Laws Observed

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

Barbara Lazaroff et al at Friends of Sheba Medical Center Women of Achievement Luncheon 2018

For more information, please visit this FriendsOfSheba.org event page or contact WOA@shebamed.org


WCR — Women Chefs & Restauranteurs
25th Annual WCR Conference
Women Speak: Curating the Future of FoodWCR 2018 logo

Renowned chefs, television personalities, authors, restaurateurs and culinary experts get together each year to share their knowledge and experience during this National Conference.

"2018 National Conference will reflect on the many voices that have influenced the journey of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, and we will look ahead to the future! WCR is grateful for the strong women in the industry that have been mentors, brought leadership and set the tone for our place in the collective conversation. They have not only held the vision and moved it forward, they have defined our place at the table, all the while creating space and inviting others to join."
~Kim Bartmann, WCR Board President

2018 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs ConferenceSaturday, April 21, 2018 to
Monday, April 26, 2018

Hewing Hotel
300 N Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

For information and to register, please visit womenchefs.org/wcr-conference at WomenChefs.org.


The Taste Awards - Awards Dinner

The Taste Awards logoThe TASTE AWARDS are the highest awards for creators, producers, hosts, and directors of Lifestyle Programs, Series, Shows & Cinema.

April 9, 2018
6:00 p.m. — Red Carpet & Wine Reception
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. — Awards Dinner and Ceremony

Viale dei Romani @ La Peer Hotel
627 N La Peer Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069

The Taste Awards, group photo


American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA)
Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design LA 2018logo

Barbara Lazaroff continued as the annual emcee presenting these awards, which honor excellence in the design of restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, and nightclubs.

Dwell on Design logo

Friday April 6, 2018
4:00 p.m.

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

These are the winners with BL.

AIA-LA Barbara Lazaroff and the award winners

These awards are a part of Dwell on Design, a three day event which gathers architects and designers with industry tastemakers. Dwell on Design ran Thursday, April 5 to Saturday April 7, 2018.

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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