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
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.
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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, ASID
Imaginings Design, Inc.
Commercial & Residential Design
Based in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles
To contact Barbara for design work:
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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.
Dinnerware by Barbara — The Flame of Life
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.
Wondering about this photo? One of Barbara's friends snapped this "Flame of Life Sighting" in Little Tokyo.
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.
What's Coming Up
The Bel Air Affaire 2015
Music Beneath the Stars
This 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.
Generously supported by Brindell Gottlieb.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Entertainmentat 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 email@example.com.
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
Beverly Hills, CA
(Private bus transportation available)
For more information, to buy tickets, and for sponsorship opportunites please visit KindredSpirits.org.
LA Fire Department Foundation presents
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
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
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
The Pico Playhouse
10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Future Fund Scholarship Luncheon
Sherry 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.
American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design LA 2015
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
LA Convention Center
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
A celebration of mothers, daughters, and friends.
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
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:
I 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.
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.
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.
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
Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala
Restaurant 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
Panel 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.
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
For 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
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hospitality Design Summit
Hospitality Design Summit is the industry's leadership think tank. Its only networking conference — designed to sharpen the leadership skills executives need daily and to provide the big ideas the need to stay ahead of the competition. Every year presents new thinking from top global thought-leaders, academicians, researchers, authors, innovators, inventors, and strategists. All in a resort atmosphere that focuses on idea gathering, raw networking, and relationship building.
Wednesday - Friday, March 4-6, 2015
Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
For questions, please visit HDsummit.com or email HDsummit@EmeraldExpo.com.
87th Academy Awards, aka The Oscars
Barbara Lazaroff attended this year's Academy Awards, which were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Afterward, she enjoyed the Governor's Ball Dinner Dance, along with 1,500 select guests. For 21 years, Chef Wolfgang Puck and his W.P. Catering Company have created the special menu for this ball.
Also celebrating the Oscars was Vanity Fair — at their private Oscar Viewing Party held at Chef Puck and Ms Lazaroff's restaurant, Spago Beverly Hills.
February 22, 2015
Hollywood & Highland
Red carpet opening of
White Rabbit — a new film
by Barbara's new production company
The red carpet opening of the star-studded feature film, White Rabbit.
~ Britt Robertson (Cake, Tomorrowland)
~ Nick Krause (Boyhood, The Descendents)
~ Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault In Our Stars)
~ Ryan Lee (Super 8, This is 40)
White Rabbit is about a high school shooter in the making and the devastating effects of teen bullying. It seems that every time you turn on the news, there’s another story about someone who eventually snapped after years of bullying. We hope that White Rabbit will be a catalyst to opening up a dialogue about an issue that affects us all.
We've announced our new production company, Filmanthropic, where we will create socially conscious, mainstream movies and television AND generate funds and awareness for their causes.
Filmanthropic and Breaking Glass Pictures are hosting White Rabbit Screenings/Fundraisers in a 10-City Bullying Prevention Tour. Those proceeds will benefit: Variety the Children’s Charity and specific anti-bullying charities.
This is a great cause to get in front of…. and Filmanthropic’s business model is to attach cause to everything we produce!"
~ Barbara Lazaroff
& Jordan Roberts
February 13, 2015
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA
6:15 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals
7:30 p.m. Screening
If you're curious about more past events which with Barbara Lazaroff has been involved, please visit her Events page.