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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 2015Introducing...
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.

What's Coming Up

Hospitality Design SummitHD Summit logo

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.

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.

Recent Happenings

Chinios logoNew Year's Eve at Chinois
Moonlight Masquerade

Chinois' New Year's Eve was a Moonlight Masquerade and the food — as always was amazing.

Chinois On Main
2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

As always, there were two seatings. You can alway learn about Chinois by calling 310-392-9025.


New Year’s Eve
at Spago Beverly HillsSpago logo

Spago's first seating was for those who rang in 2015 elsewhere. The later took guests into the New Year with champagne, a DJ and dancing.

December 31, 2014

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

First Seating: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Special New Year's menu with ala carte pricing

Second Seating: 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
3-course option-loaded menu and glass of champagne, $275 per person

1 a.m. breakfast buffet

Spago's Ellen Farentino always invites info and reservations at 310-385-0880.


Spago Beverly Hills' Christmas Eve

Spago logoChristmas Eve Spago Beverly HIlls featured Gospel Style Carolers and a 3-course menu loaded with options.

December 24, 2014
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For info and reservations you can always call Ellen Farentino at 310-385-0880.


28th Annual
City Meals Womens Power Lunch

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and Patricia Wexler

November 21, 2014
Reception in the Grand Foyer followed by Lunch in Grand Ballroom

The Plaza
768 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

For information please call (212) 687-1290.


Friends of ShebaFriends of Sheba Medical Center
Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon
25th Anniversary

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.

November 12, 2014

For information about the organization and its work, visit ShebaMed.org.


26th Annual
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Awards

HD PlatinumFor 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.

Conrad Hotel
102 North End Ave
New York, New York 10282

For event info and to attend, visit HDPlatinumCircle.com.
To learn more about Hospitality Design visit HospitalityDesign.com


Cedars Women's Guild logoWomen'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. This cocktail attire event honored Bruce L. Gewertz, MD who received the Medical Visionary Award and Fay & Frank Mancuso who received the Hollywood Icon Award. It featured Arturo Sandoval and his Big Band with Monica Mancini. Special Guests were Andy Garcia and Joe Mantegna.

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 ticket and sponsorship info, visit WomensGuildCS.org/our-events/upcoming-events#.VC0qZb7F_ww

Fulfillment Fund
20th Anniversary Annual Stars Gala

FullfillmentFor 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 Business Attire Annual Stars Gala.

Charles Fox receivied the Founders Award while Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Relativity Media received the Tom Sherak Award. The event was hosted by John Oliver and featured Special Guest Kathy Griffin and a musical performance by Jennifer Hudson.Fullfillment Fund logo

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.


The Magnolia Council's
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
2014 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique

Barbara and fellow attendees honored 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.


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
7:00 p.m.

Avalon Hollywood
Los Angeles

Watch for information about the event at breastcancerdeadline2020.org/donate/fundraising-events


The Bel Air Affaire 2014

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.

This event honored — with Pride and Admiration — Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award Recipients Bari & Steven Good and Ronda & Barry Lippman.

As always, the prceeds went to scholarships for students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Saturday, Sept 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

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

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