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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

podcast icon 2015 The Exuberant Living Podcast!

Interviews with dynamic people in the arts and entertainment — filmmakers, authors,vocal performers, dancers, actors, comedians — with business people changing the world, the talented folks in the culinary arena philanthropists and social activists, scientists and medical researchers, and more.
What can you learn from them? Listen and see.

Proudly featured on iTunes' New and Noteworthy list!

Please visit the official Apple iTunes page
to hear the latest podcasts including the 14th episode — with Melissa Manchester on January 19.
But we also have just one of them here for you. Here's Barbara's interview with "Jersey Boy" John Lloyd Young:

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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

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


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.



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


The 15th Annual Les Girls Cabaret
Les Girls 15 Cabaret

Each year, the Les Girls cabaret is held to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCC). Attendees have a blast enjoying the sexy wit for a great cause. Barbara always does and will be there again.

Les Girls logo

Honoree: Joyce Brandman

Scheduled to Appear
Bryan Batt, Emily Bergl, Chaz Bono, Barrett Foa,
Peri Gilpin, Chris Gorham, Harriet Harris, Josh Lawson,
Eric McCormack, Andrea Navedo, Ana Ortiz, June Diane Raphael, Brit Shaw,
Abigail Spencer, Tracie Thoms, and Steven Weber

Sunday, October 11, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction
7:30 p.m. Cabaret

Avalon Hollywood
1735 North Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

For more information and to learn about donating to the auction, please visit this page at breastcancerdeadline2020.


The Magnolia Council's
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
2015 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique

The Magnolia Council develops and fosters Tower Cancer Research Foundation, its mission, and activities. Funds from this annual luncheon benefit the Tower Cancer Research Fund and their many cutting edge research trials.

Barbara will be there to enjoy the program and her fellow attendee supporters as she continues her support of the foundation and its work.

The Magnolia Council' logo

Monday, October 12, 2015
10 a.m. - noon: Boutique
Noon: Luncheon & Program

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information please visit the Magnolia Council page at TowerCancerFoundation.org or call their office at (310) 299-8470.

21st Annual
Fulfillment Fund Stars Gala

The Fulfillment Fund makes college a reality for students in educationally/economically under-resourced communities. This starts by opening young people’s eyes to the possibility of higher education through classroom instruction, mentoring, one-on-one college counseling and experiential learning.

Honoring film and TV Producer Mark Gordon who will be recognized with the Tom Sherak Award.

Business AttireFulfillment Fund logo

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:30 p.m. dinner
Live Auction and Entertainment

Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit fulfillment.org/stars.


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.

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.


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.

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


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.

Recent Happenings

Remembering Pavarotti - Concert & Gala

rememberingpavarottiLegendary tenor Andrea Bocelli and renowned soprano Renée Fleming headlined this gala concert celebrating the life and legacy of Luciano Pavarotti, the most outstanding tenor of his day. Pavarotti died tragically of pancreatic cancer.

Barbara and her guest thoroughly enjoyed this special concert and gala dinner with the added benefit of knowing that proceeds from this gala go to support of pancreatic cancer research at the Salk Institute.

Immediately following the concert, supporters enjoyed a VIP gala dinner chaired by Goldie Hawn, Steve Kaplan and Ogden Phipps, III.

Barbara Lazaroff and guest at Remembering PavarottiSeptember 25, 2015
Concert 6:30 p.m.
Gala Dinner followed

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
The Music Center
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, C 90012

For more information please visit RememberingPavarotti.org.


The Bel Air Affaire 2015
Music Beneath the Stars

logo of American Friends of the Hebrew UniversityThis year’s annual summer fundraising event in support of scholarships for Hebrew University students will be an exclusive can’t-miss musical experience. You are invited to join this enchanted evening in support of scholarships for students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Enjoy a theatrical performance from the LA Opera, performing opera’s most celebrated classics and Broadway’s favorite melodies.

The eveni includes the presentation of The Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award to Albert Sweet.

Barbara Lazaroff at the The Bel Air Affaire 2015 fund-raiserGenerously supported by Brindell Gottlieb.

September 19, 2015
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

At a private home
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information please visit this page at afhu.org. For information and reservations please call (310) 843-3100 or email ecohen@afhu.org.


Kindred Spirits logo 2015 8th Annual
Kindred Spirits

Each year Kindred Spirits, a l world-class concert event conducted by Dr. Noreen Green, is held to benefit a different worthy cause. Seven years, seven charities endowed!

The 2015 beneficiary is Augie's Quest, an organization seeking a cure for ALS.

John Ondrasik will be joined by theatre and stage stars, Lizzie Weiss and Ilan Davidson, along with the KindredSPIRITS Orchestra and Gospel Choir.

Sunday, June 14, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Saban Theatre
Beverly Hills, CA

(Private bus transportation available)

For more information, to buy tickets, and for sponsorship opportunites please visit KindredSpirits.org.


LAFDLA Fire Department Foundation presents
Fahrenheit 2015

All day, every day, the firefighters and paramedics of the Los Angeles Fire Department — committed to our safety — must be prepared for anything. Building and brush fires, car accidents and medical emergencies.
LA is a city of 4 million people, so when the department responded to more than 750,000 calls for help last year, units rolled out every 36 seconds!

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is the LAFD’s primary source for private financial support.

So this year more than 600 guests are expected at Fahrenheit 2015 as they gather to honor honor Loreen Arbus and Queen Latifah

Dressy, Casual
Valet Parking

Saturaday, June 6, 2015

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception featuring
LAFD Exhibits, Demos, and a Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. – Dinner, Program and Entertainment

Los Angeles Fire Department Disaster Preparedness Unit
5101 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA

You can learn about this event at SupportLAFD.org/news/ and we invite you to visit SupportLAFD.org any time.


NAWBO-LA's 29th Annual
Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon


Barbara is a long-time member and supporter of this great group that is dedicated to helping women grow in leadership and business skills across all industries. As always, she had a table there, supporting the organation and helping good women to meet other good women and further their careers and business!

June 5, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Power Panel, the panel discussion with the honorees at 2:30 p.m.

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


For complete information and to buy tickets, please visit nawbola.org/events/nawbo-las-29th-annual-leadership-and-legacy-awards-luncheon.


Rachel's Society benefitting
Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)

The American premiere of O My God, by Anat Gov, starring American/Israeli actor Mike Burstyn, recipient of multiple Israeli "Oscars" and DInner at Pat's Restaurant.

Rachel’s Society focuses on women’s cancer awareness and research.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Show at:
The Pico Playhouse
10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

To learn more about ICRF, please call the ICRF office at 310-274-2400 or visit ICRFonline.org.
To learn move about Rachel's Society, visit ICRFonline.org/rachels-society.


Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Future Fund Scholarship Luncheon

BBBS logoSherry Lansing and Sarah Purcell, Co-Founders of the Greater Los Angeles Future Fund Scholarship Endowment invite supporters of this excellent program to attend the 22nd Annual Future Fund Scholarship Luncheon.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles changes Los Angeles communities by changing the lives of LA's children.

The Big Sisters of Los Angeles Future Fund was founded in 1993 by Sherry Lansing and Sarah Purcell. The supporters of this Future Fund Endowment are men, women and foundations representing many different professions and industries, including entertainment, publishing, fashion and law, who are committed to securing that the agency has a solid financial future.

The Future Fund Endowment provides scholarships for BBBS graduating mentees (Little Sisters) pursuing higher education, as well as a sound financial foundation through the income from the endowment for the continuation of the agency’s programs and Big Sister/Little Sister matches.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

at a Private Home in Beverly Hills
Address and details will be provided upon registration.

RSVP by May 22, 2015 to Sarah.Bennett@BBBSLA.org.

You can learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles at BBBSLA.org.


American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design LA 2015logo

Barbara Lazaroff again performed her role as the annual emcee to present these awards, which honor excellence in the design of restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, and nightclubs. The awards recognize both Jury winners, as well as People’s Choice winners, which are voted on by the general public.

Saturday, May 30, 2015
4:30 p.m.

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

For more info visit DwellOnDesign.com/events/aiala-restaurant-design-awards-1.
The awards are on part of a three day event Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 30.
Information and the full schedule was at DwellOnDesign.com/schedule.


Zimmer Children's Museum
Women's Leadership Council's

2015 Women of Impact Luncheon

ZImmerA celebration of mothers, daughters, and friends.

Guest Speaker
Shivani Siroya, Founder and CEO, InVenture, which helps entrepreneurs in emerging markets access credit through mobile technology, was ranked one of the top ten most innovative companies in money in 2015 by Fast Company.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
11:00 a.m. Boutique
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program

This luncheon is held at a private home

Prior to the event you can find the ticket and donation info here. You can always learn about the Zimmer Children's Museum at ZimmerMuseum.org.


Cedars Sinai Medical Center's
The Help Hand of Los Angeles
86th Mother of the Year Luncheon


Barbara was there to help celebrate as Mother of the Year awards were presented to Joyce Powell and her daughters Linda, Nancy and Debbie as well as to actress, producer, and talk show host Ricki Lake at this Annual Mother's Day Luncheon for Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Monday, May 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. Luxury Boutique
11:30 a.m. Lunch

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshile Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

More information is available from Matthew.Karimi-Pouia@cshs.org.


Aviva Family and Children’s Services
The A Gala

Barbara is a long-time supporter of Aviva and, as always, looked forward to attending this centennial celebration which featured multi-platinum singer-songwriter, poet and actress Jewel as a special musical guest.

About Jewel's special performance, Barbara said this:

Barbara Lazaroff  and JewelI don't often say I am a fan but I can say it about Jewel. Yes, she has the most fabulous voice, but hearing her life story, learning that she has truly triumphed over a rough home, then homelessness.... Her experiences connect so profoundly with the mission of AVIVA. I will ALWAYS remember her words, delivered with heart, humor and an authenticity that is often missing in so many today whether they are "celebs" are not. This woman is real!

The gala also honored Co-Founders of Platinum Associates Robin Broidy, Susan Casden and Linda May with Legacy Award; and Relativity with Corporate Responsibility Award.

Aviva is a non-sectarian, nonprofit, social service and mental health agency with a mission to provide a comprehensive range of diverse and culturally sensitive therapeutic and educational programs help at-risk, emotionally distressed, abused, and neglected youth and their families – function more effectively as individuals and within the family and community.

Cocktail attire

Friday, May 9, 2015
6:00 p.m.Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner, Awards & Entertainment

Four Seasons Hotel
300 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, CA

You can learn about Aviva at AvivaCenter.org.


13th Annual
Tower of Hope Gala

Each year some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and industry icons, as well as 600+ distinguished guests, residents, and physicians gather at this Tower Cancer Research Foundation gala as they move forward in their mission of Hope, Healing, and Humanity in the fight against cancer are honored.

Barbara was there in support as this years' honors went to:
James R. Belardi — the Hope Award
Kenneth W. Adashek, MD, FACS — the Healing Award, and
Skechers — the Humanity Award for Community Impact

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:30 p.m. Silent auction & cocktail reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Information is available at TowerCancer.org/about-us/tcrf-events/234-tower-of-hope-gala-may-6-2015

For questions or tickets/sponsorship contact Brooke@towercancer.org


American Friends of
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Western Region

An Evening of Tribute

An elegant reception celebrating the dedication and achievements of our illustrious leaders and supporters of AFHU’s mission on behalf of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Guest speakers for this evening of tribute were the Honorable David Siegle whio is Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles and Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, the President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

AFHU logoBusiness Attire
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hillcrest Country Club
10,000 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

You can find more information about this evening at afhu.org/events/western-region-2015-evening-of-tribute


25th Annual JBF Awards
James Beard
Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala

James Beard awardRestaurant and Chef award semifinalists were announced on February 18 on the JamesBeard.org blog. The final nominees for all Awards categories were announced March 24 at the James Beard House in New York City.
Then comes this James Beard Awards Awards Gala & Reception, a formal Black Tie event held for the first time in Chicago rather than NY.

Monday, May 4, 2015
8 p.m. - midnight

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

Information is available at JamesBeard.org.


Women Chefs & Restaurateurs
WCR National Conference 2015

WCR logoPanel Discussions, Classes, Workshops, and Offsite Tours as numerous chefs, television personalities, authors, restaurateurs and culinary experts shared their knowledge and experiences. Among them, new President Elizabeth Falkner.

Saturday - Monday, April 18 - 21, 2015

The Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

For more information, please visit WomenChefs.org/wcr-conference.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Accessories for Success
Lunch and Fashion Show

As a long-time suporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Barbara enjoys this supportive event. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles builds a positive future for the people of LA. BigBroBigSis

Friday, April 17, 2015
10:30 a.m. Luxury Boutiques
Noon Luncheon and Award Presentations

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

Contact Sarah Bennett: 213-213-2410


Spago's 31st Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger

monFor the 31st time, Barbara hosted a 2nd night Seder at Spago— to the largest group ever!

Over 200 guests of all faiths attended, dined, and participated in a traditional Jewish Passover Seder with a gourmet twist.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
5:30 p.m.

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

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

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