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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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:
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.
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 Magnolia Council's
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
2014 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique
Barbara and fellow attendees will gather to honor Dr. R. Kendrick Slate and the nurses of Cedars-Sinai Tower Hematology Oncology Medial Group. 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.
Monday, October 13, 2014
10 a.m. - noon: Boutique
Noon: Luncheon Program & Opportunity Drawing
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA
For more information please visit this Magnolia Council page at TowerCancerFoundation.org or call their office at (310) 299-8470. You can also purchase tickets or make a donation on this web page.
Annual Stars Gala
For 37 years, the Fulfillment Fund has been making 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. Fulfillment Fund is based on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and invites you to come to an Open House Tour. And, of course, to help support them in any way, including this Annual Stars Gala.
Charles Fox receiving the Founders Award
Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Relativity Media receiving the Tom Sherak Award
Hosted by John Oliver
Special Guest Kathy Griffin
Musical performance by Jennifer Hudson
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:30 p.m. dinner
Live Auction and Entertainment
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Fulfillmentfund.org/stars.
Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai
Women’s Guild Gala
Since 1957, the Women’s Guild has been dedicated to supporting Cedars-Sinai. It supports patient care, vital medical programs and equipment, biomedical research, and education.
Bruce L. Gewertz, MD will receive the Medical Visionary Award
Fay & Frank Mancuso will receive the Hollywood Icon Award
Arturo Sandoval and his Big Band with Monica Mancini
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Dinner, Awards, and Entertainment
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills. CA
For full information and to purchase tickets, or otherwise sponsor this event, visit WomensGuildCS.org/our-events/upcoming-events#.VC0qZb7F_ww
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards
For 26 years, Hospitality Design magazine has awarded industry leaders—designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs—with the Platinum Circle designation.
This year's inductees are a legendary architect, a pioneer of luxury hotels and resorts, a brilliant interior designer, and one of the country’s most influential restaurateurs.
Being honored is an innovative design firm reaching a milestone anniversary. This 26th annual event is promised to be a night not to miss — and Barbara won't be missing it.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon
Friends of Sheba Medical Center is the U.S. organization that supports Sheba Medical Center in Israel—the largest and most comprehensive medical center in Israel and the Middle East.
Save the date
November 12, 2014
For information about the organization and its work, please visit ShebaMed.org.
14th Annual Les Girls Cabaret
Benefitting the National Breast Cancer Coalition
The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCC) never fails to delight and entertain at this "sexy, witty and fun" event, in support of NBCC's mission to end breast cancer by 2020. Once again, Barbara and her friends enjoyed the fun of this event.
October 7, 2014
Watch for information about the event at breastcancerdeadline2020.org/donate/fundraising-events
50 years of Jewish Broadcasting
& Positive Activism
The Jewish Life Foundation presented this special event to celebrate Phl Blazer, who reminds us that one person can make a difference.
Phil Blazer started in radio when, along with Wolfman Jack (Bob Smith), he launched the first rhythm and blues radio station in the Twin Cities back in 1965. In 1973 he created the National and Los Angeles Jewish News. In 1977, he lauched his television program.
JLTV — America’s 24-hour Jewish television network, was founded in 2006 and is currently available in over 42 million homes across all 50 states and Canada.
Sunday, September 21 2014
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Encino, CA 91436
Jewish Dietary Laws Observed
For information about this event, please call 818-786-4000.
To learn more about JLTV, please visit JLTV.tv.
The Bel Air Affaire 2014
ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION
Barbara attended (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.
Saturday, 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 presented 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, of course, continues 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.
Honoree Jack Osbourne.
Saturday, 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 was again asked to presented 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 followed 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 event. Information and the full schedule, which runs Friday through Sunday, was at DwellOnDesign.com/schedule.
If you're curious about more past events which with Barbara Lazaroff has been involved, please visit her Events page.