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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

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

WCR 2018 logoRenowned 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

Saturday, 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.


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

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



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.


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.


Spago Beverly Hills logoMother's Day Brunch
     at Spago, Beverly Hills

Sunday, May 13, 2018

176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210

Recent Happenings

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

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


Boutique Design West
Hospitality Legends Panel

Boutique Design West logoBoutique Design West, a Boutique Design Trade Fair is a two-day event April 4 & 5.

Barbara Lazaroff will be participating on the Legends Panel:
Meet the titans who revolutionized the industry. From groundbreaking designs to seismic-shift operational concepts, these are the minds responsible for ideas that propelled hotels and restaurants into the creative stratosphere.

Thursday April 5 , 2018
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

LA Convention Center
Theater A on the show floor
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Learn more about this panel on the BD West's agenda page.


The Easter Bunny joins guests at Spago Beverly HillsCelebrate Easter at Spago Beverly Hills

The Easter Bunny made a special appearance to join guests as they dined on select options from Spago's 3-course Easter menu and visited the Champagne Cocktail and Tincture Bar.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Brunch: 10:30 a.am. - 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

$145.00 per adult and
$65.00 per child under 12


Spago Beverly Hills & Barbara Lazaroff
Spago's 34th Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger

This year, Barbara hosted her 34th second night Passover Seder. As always, this special seder is for the benefit of 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 dinner raises funds that help families in Los Angeles.

Mazon logo

“I created this event at the original Spago in Hollywood when I realized there were others like me who felt detached from their families as life had become more fragmented,” Lazaroff said. “Over the years this festive event continues to be a heartfelt and delicious tradition that brings together guests of all ages.”

In addition to the spirited service, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir  joined the evening event to sing two specially prepared songs.

Each year Chef de Cuisine Tetsu Yahagi and Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett prepare an exquisite menu of holiday specials including chef Tetsu’s home-made gefilte fish, and chicken and vegetable soup with Judy Gethers’ matzo balls, and chef Della’s gorgeous dessert buffet ranging from matzo toffee, fromage blanc cheesecake, Passover puffs with caramel, and more. Each guest also receives Spago’s oven-baked matzah and macaroons packaged to-go. (Guests say they look forward to those macaroons all year.) Wine Director Phillip Dunn will offer a variety of wine pairings indigenous to Israel.

Over the years, seder guests have included entertainers such as Rita Moreno, Melissa Manchester, Lainie Kazan, Carol Connors, Max Ehrich and Gregg Sulkin, as well as studio heads and directors.

“I feel 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.”

Saturday, March 31, 2018
5:30 p.m.

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

$195.00 per adult and $80.00 per child (12 and under)


HD Summit logoHospitality Design Summit
(HD Summit)

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.

17 years of networking focused on ideas outside hospitality the industry’s only such summit — because everyone needs fresh thinking and new sources of inspiration.

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

Wednesday, March 7 through Friday, March 9, 2018

Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA

To learn more please visit HDSummit.com.


90th Academy Awards & Governors Ball

First, America and the world of Hollywood celebrate the Academy Awards, the Oscars, then the industry celebrates at the Governor’s Ball and Dinner —the official Academy Awards celebration.

Did you know that this spectacular Governor’s Ball and Dinner has been catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering for over two decades? This year, Barbara's son, Byron Lazaroff-Puck joined his father and Chef Eric Klein, Vice President of Culinary, to help create the event's magic.

Barbara Lazaroff behind the scenes at the Oscars

Sunday, March 4, 2018
5:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Dolby Theater
Hollywood & Highland
Hollywood, CA


US Holocaust Memorial Museum
“What You Do Matters”
25th Anniversary Los Angeles Dinner

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites you to celebrate its 25th anniversary — and to honor Vera and Paul Guerin, their family, and the memory of Lilly and Nathan Shapell z”l as they receive the National Leadership Award.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum logoThursday March 1, 2018
6:00 p.m.  Reception
7:00 p.m.  Dinner

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Individual tickets are $500. Sponsorship and tribute opportunities are available. For more information, contact the Museum’s Western Regional Office at 310.556.3222 or western@ushmm.org. For more information, please visit this page at USHMM.org.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags: #WhatYouDoMatters #AskWhy #USHMM


Careers Through Culinary Arts Program
C•CAP 2018 Annual Benefit

C-CAP logoBarbara is looking forward to this NYC event, C-CAP's annual benefit which this year honors José Andrés.

Chef José Andrés is internationally recognized as a culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, and humanitarian. He is chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup and minibar by José Andrés.

Enjoy a grand walk-around 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.

The event raises funds to support C-CAP, a national non-profit that provides underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts. Your support is instrumental to transform lives of C-CAP students. VIP Tix $1,000 & General Admission $600

Read Chef Andrés’ thoughts on mentorship in this special Q&A.

Tuesday, February 27 2018
5:45p.m. VIP Admission
6:30 p.m. General Admission

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

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


Chinois logoChinese New Year!
  the Year of the Dog
    at Chinois on Main

It's the Year of the Dog and we're celebratiing. Spectacular menus, stunning decorations & fabulous entertainment for a special night.Year of the Dog

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90405

  Special Chinese New Year Menu
Chinois chicken salad
Pan roasted crispy sea bass with crab fried rice; lobster lemongrass sauce
Cantonese duck with fresh plum sauce & bao
Charcoal grilled prime New York steak with stir fried baby bok choy; red wine citrus sauce
Doggy’s dessert delights
$135 per person (menu only)


Modern Luxury logo
Angeleno Magazine’s
Icons of Beverly Hills Event

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — Astor Ballroom
9850 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA


Chinois logoValentine's Romance...
    at Chinois on Main❣

Ah, the romance of Valentine's Day. Ooh, the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Spectacular menus, stunning decorations & fabulous entertainment to help make those special nights memories you will cherish always!

❧Wednesday, February 14, 2018☙

2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90405

❤  Special Valentine's Day Menu 
Napoleon of blue fin tuna tartar with avocado & black caviar
Lobster spring rolls with crisp lettuce & spicy cream sauce 
Loup de mer wrapped in wonton with sautéed baby carrots & beets; Riesling jalapeno sauce
Pan roasted American Wagyu rib eye & potato dauphinoise
Cupid’s sweet treats
$125 per person (menu only)


New Year Celebrations!
at Spago Beverly Hills, Hotel Bel-Air, CUT and Chinois on Main

  • Top Hats Tiaras for Vintage Hollywood Glamour at Chinois on Main
  • At Spago Beverly Hills festivities included both a special early dinner before midnight plans and a special late dinner to ring in the New Year. This feast was on LA Magazine's list: 10 Celebration-Worthy NYE Dinners at L.A. Restaurants.
  • Both CUT and CUT Lounge hosted festivities New Years Eve style
  • Hotel Bel-Air counted down to 2018, then started the new year in style on New Year's Day.

Barbara visited each to say hello and thank you to the fine folks who work so hard to bring us the very best dining. Here she is at Chinois on Main and at CUT.

Barbara Lazaroff visiting Chinois on Main and CUT


Christmas means and festivities with
Wolfgang Puck's special menus and touches

  • SPAGO celebrated Christmas Eve with holiday carolers, holiday cheer, and an extensive 3-course "selection" prix fixe menu filled with seasonal choices.
  • CUT was open on Christmas Eve to help guests celebrate the holidays!
  • At Hotel Bel Air, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air helped people gather to celebrate with festive feasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Meet the RenWomen: Barbara Lazaroff

Dale Griffiths Stamos hosts the RenWomen podcast creating interesting and helpful interviews with modern Renaissance women from her book RenWomen, and other amazing RenWomen she's been meeting. Wonder if you're a RenWoman or what you can learn from them? Have a listen.


Barbara Lazaroff is featured in the book — and in this episode, she discussed her life as a highly regarded restaurateur, interior designer, producer, published author, celebrated philanthropist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and mother of two sons.

Thursday, November 30, 20017

Listen to the Barbara Lazaroff RenWomen podcast from the podcast site
hear the Barbara Lazaroff RenWomen podcast at iTunes.

If you miss this or any other episode of the RenWomen podcast at the given time, you can hear them on demand as well.


Citymeals on Wheels logo31st Annual
Citymeals On Wheels Power Lunch for Women

Honoring Nick Valenti and the Patina Restaurant Group. Because of support from people like you, Citymeals provides and serves nourishing meals for elderly homebound people, hand-delivering meals, serving holiday meals, and distributing shelf-stable meals during harsh winter weather and for emergencies.

Citymeals on Wheels 100% goes to fund mealsThursday, November 16, 2017

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

Learn more at citymeals.org/powerlunchforwomen.


29th Annual
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards Gala

Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards logo 2017For nearly three decades, Hospitality Design magazine has awarded industry leaders—designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs—with the coveted Platinum Circle designation. This year, 2017, another group of luminaries will be inducted into this prestigious group for their career achievements at this black-tie festive dinner.

Tuesday, November 14, 20017

Ziegfeld Ballroom
141 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

More info at: hospitalitydesign.com/awards-events/platinum-circle.


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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