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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

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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

31st Annual
Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon

NAWBO-LA 2017 logoA long-time supporter and participant in NAWBO-LA, Barbara has purchased a table and will be there as usual, with 9 fellow entrepreneurial friends.

With more than 1,000 women business owners, community leaders, media, and dignitaries in attendance, this luncheon is one of the largest and most anticipated business events in Los Angeles. This Awards Luncheon — The Power of Inspiration — pays tribute to top achievers among business leaders who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to the community.

NAWBO-LA's mission is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective changes in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.

Friday, June 16, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshile Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

To pruchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit nawbolaluncheon2017.splashthat.com.
For information about NAWBO-LA visit nawbo.org/los-angeles.


American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA)Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design LA 2017


For the 13th year, Barbara Lazaroff will emcee the presention of the annual Restaurant Design Awards. The awards ceremony will followi a panel discussion with the award finalists.

These Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge awards, 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.

Dwell 2016

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

Friday June 23, 2017
4:00 p.m.

Here's Barbara having some fun at last year's Dwell.


Fulfillment Fund's Leadership Council 6th annual...
The Taste of Summer 2017

Fullfillment Fund logoSave the Date

Saturday, July 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Victorian
2640 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

For information and tickets visit fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer.

Recent Happenings

Aviva Family and Children's Services
Private screening of "I Am Jane Doe"

Aviva Lifting You Up

Aviva Family and Children's Services is honored to host a private screening of I am Jane Doe.

I am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the Village Voice.

Narrated by Jessica Chastain, written by Jonathan Alter, Bob Fitzgerald, Jay Manson and Alex Sokolow.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. Reception and Screening

Creative Artist Agency's CAA Screening Room
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century City, CA 90067

Casual attire
Complimentary self-parking
Wine and lite bites will be provided.


L.A. Premiere of The Girl from the Brothel

Always concerned about freedoms and women's rights, Barbara attended this special screening/premiere which included Q&A with Director Iiaria Borrelli.

Ilaria Borrelli is a very much respected human rights director who does a lot of good for young girls around the world. In this film, the heroine Mia, a successful photographer, turns her life upside down in ways she never could have dreamed in order to save three young girls she discovered in kidnapped captivity being forced into brothel life.

You can watch the trailer here at Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

UCLA James Bridge Theater
235 Charles E. Young Dr. No.
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Aviva Lifting You Up

Aviva Family and Children’s Services Annual 'A' Gala

Saturday, May 13, 2017
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner, Awards and Entertainment

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Cocktail Attire
Tickets $500

For information about Aviva, please call 323-904-4400.


Women Chefs & Restaurateurs logoWCR — Women Chefs & Restauranteurs National Conference
24th Annual WCR Conference

Learn and Grow with the Great Women of the Culinary World

Renowned chefs, television personalities, authors, restaurateurs and culinary experts get together each year to share their knowledge and experience during this National Conference.

Barbara Lazaroff presenting her new scholarshipSaturday, May 6, 2017 to
Monday, May 8, 2017

W Hotel Seattle
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101

Here you see Barbara Lazaroff presenting her first $5,000 Future Leader in Hospitality Scholarship for the Pursuit of Academic & Empirical Excellence to Tenzin Menlek Aaya last year, 2016.

For information and to register, please womenchefs.org/wcr-conference at WomenChefs.org.


James Beards Awards 2017

The James Beard Foundation Awards, aka the Beard Awards, are the food industry’s highest honor. Awards are given in many categories, including chefs and restaurants, books, journalism, broadcast media, and restaurant design and graphics, as well as for lifetime and humanitarian achievements.

Time magazine called them “the Oscars of the food world.”

The event consists of an Awards ceremony followed by a Gala Reception.

This year Spago, Beverly Hills, CA has been nominated for Outstanding Service.

Monday, May 1, 2017

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

Last year, Amanda Puck joined Barbara for some fun by the official photo backdrop.

James Beard 2016

For info see jamesbeard.org/awards.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
BBBS Accessories for Success Luncheon,
Schloarship & Awards

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Noon -2:30 p.m.

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

To learn more about
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
Please visit bbbsla.org.


Spago's 33rd Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon,
A Jewish Response To Hunger
Seder menu

For the 33rd year, Barbara hosted a second night Passover Seder at Spago Beverly Hills. Spago fills with people from varied backgrounds to celebrate the story of Passover and experience a seder with a gourmet twist. Guests say they wait all year for the Spago matzah and macaroons!

As always, the proceeds from this Seder go to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger — a national nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger among all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

Over the years, dinner guests have included many entertainers such as: Rita Moreno, Melissa Manchester, Lainie Kazan, Carol Connors, Max Ehrich and Gregg Sulkin, along with studio heads and directors.

$190.00 per adult and $80.00 per child under the age of 9

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5:30 p.m.

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

For Seder reservations please call Spago’s General Manager, Steve Springer at 310-385-0880.

2017 Seder at Spago


The Mannequins logo L.A. Mannequinns
Assistance League of Los Angeles

Afternoon with Eve 2017

And the 2017 Eve Award goes to... Barbara Lazaroff!

Barbara was Honored at this year's lunch and designer fashion show with pop-up boutique vendors.

In 1943 the Mannequins Auxiliary combined their experiences and resources from the world of fashion and presented fashion shows to promote the activities of Assistance League® Los Angeles. The Mannequins soon became active in assisting the auxiliaries and other charitable and private organizations with their fundraising efforts by providing and producing fashion shows at their benefits.

Today they support several programs which provide a critical safety net for tens of thousands of impoverished children throughout Los Angeles County. These services include: a fully accredited free-of-charge Pre- School Learning Center; clothing and supplies for underprivileged school children provided through Operation School Bell®; Foster Children's Resource Center; the Hollywood Children's Club; and cultural enrichment for youth from impoverished neighborhoods through its Theatre for Children. These vital services greatly improve the quality of the lives of at-risk children and families in our community.

Thursday March 16, 2017
11 a.m. Social hour
12:30 p.m. Champagne Lunch and Designer Fashion Show

Beverly Hills Hotel
Crystal Ballroom
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For more info visit Mannequinsla.org.


89th Academy Awards - Governors Ball

The Governor’s Ball and Dinner, the official Academy Awards celebration, has been catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering for over two decades.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
5:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Dolby Theater
Hollywood & Highland
Hollywood, CA

Barbara Lazaroff  at the Oscars 2017

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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