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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
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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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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

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
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


Share our Strength
Los Angeles No Kid Hungry Dinner

No Kid Hungry logoEvery year, the country’s best chefs join together to end childhood hunger in America by supporting No Kid Hungry Dinners presented by Citi. In more than 15 cities across the nation, guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience curated by the nation’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Sadly, 1 in 5 kids in California will face hunger this year.  Since the launch of the No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength has connected kids with more than 750 million meals.  They’ve also introduced the “Breakfast After the Bell” program in well over 1,000 California schools to ensure kids start their day, ready to learn and fueled with nutritious food. Teachers and principals report test scores are up and absenteeism is down in the schools where breakfast is served in the classroom to any and all who need it.   

This dinner supports the California efforts of No Kid Hungry. It will feature amazing culinary talent including many Michael’s Santa Monica alumni as well as some exciting rising star Angeleno chefs. 

Barbara will be there helping to honor this year’s honorees:
Kim and Michael McCarty
Art and Culinary World Icons
Michael’s Santa Monica and New York
Receiving the 2018 No Kid Hungry Hero award

Friday, October 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Seated Dinner and Live Auction

At a private home in Los Angeles

For information about No Kid Hungry visit NoKidHungry.org.


ICRF Mission 2018:
A Celebration of Israel and Israeli Science

Registration is Open!

The Mission is November 8 - 15, 2018

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

To Reserve your spot go to mission.icrfonline.org/registration.html.

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


The first American Wine & Food Festival Foundation
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

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 AW&FFF

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

For more information please contact Barbara at 310 276 7939 or Kay@ImaginingsDesign.com


ShareWell's 2018 Discovery Award Dinner

Sharewell logoShareWell is a new name here but it isn’t new to supporting the Zimmer Children’s Museum.

Barbara is a supporter of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, which from the Jewish Federation Building on Museum Row, has been a place that encourages children, youth, and families to practice being their best selves through immersive play.

As 2019 begins, the museum will have a new name and a new location. It’s moving to Santa Monica Place and will be called the Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell, in commemoration of a generous gift from Andrea and Barry Cayton (The Goldrich Family Foundation).

The new space will have five core wings with exhibits offering fun, interactive experiences for young people to learn how to take care of themselves, take care of others, and play their way to a better world. Along with the increased accessibility and visibility afforded by our new location, our We All Play initiative will continue to ensure that every child and family can enjoy the museum.

Additionally, youTHink by ShareWell continues to engage over 3,000 Title I public school students, ages 11-19, in creative arts education to help them find their voice, cultivate a social conscience, develop leadership skills and make a positive impact in their communities.

This dinner, honoring Andrea & Barry Cayton, Craig Erwich and Sandra Stern is in continued support of this fine children's museum. There will be an auction as well as the dinner.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:30 p.m.

The Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

For more information please visit gala.sharewell.org.
To learn more about the museum, visit sharewell.org.


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.

Recent Happenings

Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer
Anniversary Gala celebrating 70 years

Friends of ShebaCelebrate the 70th Anniversary of Sheba Medical Center and the State of Israel.
70 years of saving lives!

Celebrity Host: Jason Alexander

Barbara is a long-time supporter of Sheba medical center and has been on Sheba’s board of directors since 2011.

70 years of saving livesSunday, October 14, 2018
5:00 p.m.

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

For more information please contact Molly Soboroff at 424-266-7500 or Molly@shebamed.org.


James Beard Foundation
West Coast Taste America tour

On Friday evening, Guests will experience an incredible benefit dinner with a one-of-a-kind three-course menu created by National All-Star Chef Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch, New York) and local All-Star Chef Ludo Lefebvre (Petit Trois, Los Angeles), plus a dessert and tasting reception featuring some of the city's best culinary talent.

Friday, October 12, 2018
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills
465 S La Cienega Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Saturday features a free cooking demo at the Sur La Table

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Farmers Market


Rett Syndrome Research Trust presents
Reverse Rett LA

Reverse Rett LA 2018 logoImagine your daughter, your sister, your granddaughter living with the symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and scoliosis all at once. Imagine that she developed normally as a happy little girl until she was two years old. She starts to walk, to say words, to explore the world around her. Then, suddenly, she stops. She loses the ability to balance, to use her hands and to speak. Imagine this bright, beautiful little girl that you love becomes trapped in a body that no longer cooperates. 350,000 girls and women live this tragedy, caused by a random genetic mutation. This is Rett Syndrome and we need your help to cure it.

And support, Barbara does. WP Catering traditionally provides some of its fabulous food for the meal as well. This year their Chinese Chicken Salad from Chinois has been requested as guests have asked for it.

The Rett Syndrome Research Trust is making remarkable progress. Approaches that attack Rett at its genetic core are advancing with great promise. The first human clinical trial for Rett in gene therapy is on track to begin soon.

100% of funds raised by this event go directly to the support of RSRT to speed this research ahead and change the lives of 350,000 children and adults who struggle with the devastating symptoms of Rett.

Friday, October 12, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

To attend, sponsor or otherwise supoort this event or organization, please visit ReverseRett.org/take-action/events/reverse-rett-la-2018.


Spago Winter Showcase

Spago logoFuture Holiday Parties, Family Celebrations, Nomination Campaigns to plan? Wolfgang Puck and the team at Spago Beverly Hills, invites you to join us for our Winter Holiday Showcase!

See Spago’s Private Dining Room and Patio transformed into a magical winter retreat filled with spiked punch and plenty of Yuletide treats.

Consult with representatives from all of our favorite vendors while enjoying our take on a Hot Tottie. 

If interested, you must email Ana Alvarez, Director of Special Events at ana.alvarez at wolfgangpuck.com.

Monday, October 1, 2018
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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


Save A Heart Foundation Gala
Under The Fall Night Sky
Honoring Norman Lepor

Save A Heart foundation logo

Barbara was there in support of the foundation and Norman Lepor as he is honored by the Save A Heart Foundation for the work he has done over the last thirty years and for the lives he has impacted as a practicing cardiologist in the community. As he invites friends and fellow supporters of the work the foundation is doing, he explains the bigger picture and the importance of this event:

"Over the years, The Save A Heart Foundation, led by Dr. Yzhar Charuzi, has funded the research activities of fellows in training who upon completing their term and returning to Israel have assumed leadership positions in the field of cardiology back home.

Unfortunately in Israel, funding opportunities for such research training are very limited due to the dollars that go to its defense, forcing these fellows to look to the United States and Europe for funding and research opportunities. 

What is incredible is how productive these fellows have been during their two year stays in California, in fact often more productive with basic or bedside clinical research then our own homegrown fellows from the Untied States as measured by publication of their work in world class cardiology journals. And the work they have done has led to discoveries that have benefited patients with cardiovascular disease."

Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Music

At a private residence in the Beverly Hills area

Cocktail Attire

Sarit Finkelstein-Boim, Event Chair
Save A Heart Foundation

You can learn more about the foundation at SaveAHeart.org.


The American Society for Yad Vashem
Salutes Jewish Life Television CEO Phil Blazer

Yad Vashem logoThe American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV) was established thirty six years ago by a group of Holocaust survivors, spearheaded by Eli Zborowski z”l, to support the crucial efforts of Yad Vashem.

For over 5 decades, through his Jewish radio and then TV programs and more, Phil Blazer has dedicated himself to service for the Jewish community. Through his many positive actions including special events, missions of compassion and collaboration with philanthropic organizations in support of Israel and the Jewish people throughout American and worldwide, Blazer's life and career remind us that the energies and dedication of one person can truly make a difference.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Program

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
11461 Sunset
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Business Attire
Dietary Laws Observed

For more information please visit YadVashemUSA.org/events-posts/salute-to-phil-blazer.


Come Together For A Night to Remember!
Bel Air Affaire

AFHU logoSince 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.
For more information contact Esther Cohen at 310-843-3100 or WestCoast@AFHU.org


Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer
2018 Inaugural Women’s Community Luncheon

Friends of Sheba Medical Center logoThe Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer was born along with Israel under the leadership of Dr. Chaim Sheba, Surgeon General, Israel Defense Forces, and originally named as Tel Hashomer, the “Hill of the Guardian” by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in honor of those guarding and defending the road to Jerusalem.

Sheba Medical Center is the most comprehensive medical center in Israel and the Middle East. It is recognized internationally for its leadership in clinical treatment, as well as basic and applied medical research. At Sheba, clinical treatment and medical research are closely intertwined, in proximity to the patient, for the direct benefit of the patient. Sheba is one of only two medical centers in Israel with US Department of Health Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) designation – a classification that makes Sheba eligible for U.S. federal research grants involving human clinical trials. Israeli and international biotech and medical industries work in close synergy with Sheba scientists and clinicians to develop new medical technologies and drugs, often using Sheba as their main testing site.

Friends of Sheba Medical Center is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization dedicated to raising awareness and philanthropic support for Sheba Medical Center’s compassionate clinical care, cutting edge research and comprehensive educational training. Barbara is a long-time supporter of this organization and has been on Sheba’s board of directors since 2011.

Hostess: Brittney Hopper Bloch
TV journalist Brittney Hopper is a news reporter for CBS Los Angeles and KCAL9 News. She has been working for the Emmy award winning duopoly since 2012, covering everything from red carpet events to wildfires to high speed police chases. Hopper grew up Orthodox Jewish and attended a Lubavitch Hebrew Academy until the age of 12.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
11:00 a.m.

El Caballero Country Club
18300 Tarzana Drive
Tarzana, CA 91356


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

To learn more visit 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 supported 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


NAWBO-LA's 32nd Annual
Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon

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

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


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 logoBarbara kept 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

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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