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
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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.
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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.
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.
What's Coming Up
The Bel Air Affaire 2014
ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION
Barbara will be attending (and is on the dinner committee for) this scholarship-supporting event — an extraordinary architectural experience and a captivating evening showcasing a stunning collaboration of design, art, cuisine and entertainment.
Honoring with Pride and Admiration, Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award Recipients Bari & Steven Good and Ronda & Barry Lippman.
As always, the prceeds from this event go to scholarships for students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
September 13, 2014
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
At a private home in Beverly Hills, CA
For more information please visit afhu.org/events/belairaffaire2014
The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol And Drug Awareness
The Summer Spectacular Under the Starts
The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol And Drug Awareness present this spectacular fundraiser hosted by Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood. Barbara won't be able to attend due to the time conflct with The Bel Air Affaire but she will, of course, continue to support the organization.
Dinner by WP Catering.
Wine by Rarry Ruvo & Southern Wines and Spirits.
Entertianment by David Foster's new discovery, Brenna Whitaker.
Performance by Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars.
Honoring Jack Osbourne.
September 13, 2014
Black & White & Red Cocktail Attire Under The Stars
at a Glamorous New Private Estate
To learn more about the Brent Shapiro Foundation and this event, or to learn how you can support this cause, please visit BrentShapiro.org, or follow on Twitter using @BrentShapiroOrg.
American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design
Barbara Lazaroff will again be presenting 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.
The awards follow Behind Great Restaurant Design, an onstage presentation featuring the finalists and judges in conversation.
Friday, June 20, 2014
LA Convention Center
GE Monogram Innovation Stage
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The awards are on part of a three day eventwhich Barbara hopes to attend, schedule permitting. You can see full information and the full schedule, which runs Friday through Sunday, at DwellOnDesign.com/schedule.
Kindred Spirits Concert 2014
benefitting Save a Child's Heart
Kindred Spirits is a non-profit humitarian organization that inspires and educates diverse communities to support its global partners in their efforts to heal the world.
Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Saban Theater
Beverly Hills, CA
More info at KindredSpirits.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles'
21st Annual Future Fund Luncheon
Barbara attended, as she does every year, as she does in her continued support of Big Brothers Big Sisters, to help celebrate our 2014 scholarship recipient “Littles” and recognize their “Bigs,” who serve as mentors to help place their mentees on a path toward healthy and productive lives. It's always uplifting and inspiring to see first-hand, the power of the human spirit and the amazing effect mentoring can have on a young woman’s life.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
11:00 a.m. a
At a private home
28th Annual Women's Business Conference
Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon
A full day of seminars that address varoius matters of business. Last year Barbara was honored with NAWBO-LA's Legacy Award for a lifetime in philanthropy. This year something new for her, an exhibit booth for one of her own new enterpirses, her Flame of Life dinnerware.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90015
Called the ultimate connector to the hospitality industry, by Hospitality Design, the HD Expo is dedicated to bringing the interior design industry, architects, owners/operators, developers, specifiers and purchasers the best available resources for their projects.
May 14 - May 16, 2014
3950 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
For information please visit HDexpo.com.
American Cancer Society
100th Birthday Ball
Barbara is a long-time supporter of the American Cancer Society. This special celebration is a black-tie event, an exciting evening filled with an elegant dinner, entertainment, a spectacular auction, and much more!
May 17, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
The Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
For information visit this page at Cancer.org.
James Beard Foundation Awards
Sounds of the City
The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and continue to emphasize the Foundation’s mission — to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity.
Music and food share a special bond in our culture so the 2014 Awards explored the enduring relationship between them. From the “must-play” soundtrack in the kitchen to the decision of what music to play in the dining room, music is an essential part of the dining experience. This Gala celebrated how each inspires and enriches the unique flavor of cities across the US.
This year Barbara also got to help celebrate as Sherry Yard, long-time Spago Hollywood/Spago Beverly Hills pastry chef was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.
Monday, May 5, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m.
Gala Reception immediately follows
The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
West 63rd Street at Columbus Avenue
New York City
Information can be found at JamesBeard.org.
Spago's 30th Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger
Guests of all backgrounds enjoyed an exceptional Seder as they dined on an amazing traditional Seder menu prepared by Spago's excellent chefs. Spago was again transformed by special Passover decor by CR&A Custom Banners.
Barbara started this tradition at the original Spago Hollywood to bring the Jewish community together on this special holiday, as well as share it with those of different faiths. "I believe that if we all share our traditions, myths are dispelled and communication is sparked, leading to better understanding and tolerance for all cultures."
Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Briar - University Synagogue
With the West Los Angeles Children's Choir
Tuesday, April, 15, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
$190 for adults $85 for children under nine
For more information about Spago visit WolfgangPuck.com.
For information or reservations, please call Ellen Farentino of Spago Beverly Hills at 310-385-0880 or email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boutique Design West Trade Fair
Women Leaders panel
Friday, March 21, 2014
8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
On Thursday evening, Barbara was one of the judges of the NEWH Fashion Challenge, Design in a Box Fashion Event.
On Friday, day two of Boutique Design West Trade Fair, Barbara participated on the Women Leaders in Hospitality panel — a conversational forum for visionary women executives from all sectors of the hospitality industry. Panel participants are designers/architects, owners/investors, vendors and consultants/researchers.
If you're curious about more past events which with Barbara Lazaroff has been involved, please visit her Events page.