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, 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.
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 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.
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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
Barbara is working on her summer schedule.
American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) Restaurant Design Awards
at Dwell on Design LA 2016
LA Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Saturday, June 25, 2016
For the 12th year, Barbara Lazaroff was emcee to present the Restaurant Design Awards. 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.
Here's Barbara having some fun at Dwell.
30th Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon
As always, Barbara will be at this event, helping women to meet, mix, and help one another.
Friday, June 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Los Angeles
900 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
For complete info and to buy tickets, visit nawbola.org/events/30th-annual-leadership-and-legacy-luncheon.
Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Women of Achievement Luncheon 2016
This luncheon helps the ensure the health and welfare of all those who are treated at Sheba Medical Center. Barbara, a Vice President, and her fellow Board of Directors join other generous, caring attendees in honoring the memory of Tal Yaakobson for whom the Tal Center for Integrative Oncology at Sheba Medical Center was created.
This event has sold out!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Boutique 10:00 a.m.
Luncheon 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel
300 South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA
For more information please visit this FriendsOfSheba.org event page.
2016 Women of Action Gala
For the past five years Barbara has been a proud board member of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF).
The ICRF is the largest single source of private funds for cancer research in Israel whose breakthroughs are shared with the world. (501(c)3, tax I.D. 51-0181215)
Since its establishment 40 years ago, ICRF has provided over 2,200 grants, totaling more than $56 million, to outstanding cancer researchers whose laboratories are located in all leading scientific research institutions, universities and hospitals across Israel. With your valuable assistance, ICRF scientists and our international family of friends can find a cure.
"I hope you will consider supporting this ICRF annual gala. The organization appreciates participation at any level, because the funds we procure support such worthy and ground breaking cancer research. The other aspect of the value of the ICRF funds is that it helps keep the ‘brain trust’ of research in Israel, thereby supporting the country’s scientific infrastructure." ~ Barbara
These two videos demonstrate the work of the ICRF/Israel Cancer Research Fund. Please watch one of them.
- We Are All Connected — 7 minutes that show you the advances made by ICRF-funded research and some people helped by it, by you when you help support the ICRF.
- Thank you ICRF — 5 minutes about where your donation goes.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Presentation
The Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshile Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dietary laws will be observed
To RSVP or for more info visit: ICRFonline.org/LAGala or call 323-692-1947.
Cedars-Sinai 87th Anniversary
Helping Hand's Mother of the Year Luncheon
Friday May 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. Luxury Boutique
1:30 p.m. Lunch
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
James Beard Awards 2016
Barbara again attended and enjoyed the James Beard Awards Awards Gala & Reception in Chicago.
May 2, 2016
Awards ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m.
Gala reception immediately follows the Awards ceremony
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 North Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
In these photos:
Top row: Barbara & Amanda Puck; Carla Hall & Barbara
Bottom: Restaurateur Rick Bayless & Barbara; Barbara & Leah Chase; John & Barbara, Amanda Puck
For info see jamesbeard.org/awards.
Spago's 32nd Annual Seder
A Jewish Response To Hunger
In April of 2016, Barbara hosted the 32nd annual Passover Seder.
32 years of second night Seders at Spago!
32 yeasr of of raising funds to benefit MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger — a national nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger among all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.
Led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braie, this seder is supplemented by the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir performing songs specially prepared for this seder.
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.
Over 40 percent of the guests aren't Jewish. In addition to doing this as a fund-raiser, Barbara hosts this annual seder because " if you open your traditions and celebrations to all, no matter your religion, background or customs, it fosters tolerance, greater harmony and closer understanding among all people."
And another reason guests love this seder is its gourmet twist. After all, this is Spago!
Guests wait all year for the Spago matzah and macaroons.
Saturady, April 23, 2016
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.
WCR — Women Chefs & Restauranteurs National Conference
23rd Annual WCR Conference
Imagine your Dreams and Ignite the Future
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Being held at several locations around LA with the InterContinental as the official hotel:
InterContinental Century City at Beverly Hills
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Barbara Lazaroff spoke on a panel entitled: What Your PR Person Should Do For YOU! Sunday from 4:15-5:00 p.m. at the InterContinental in the main Ballroom during General Session.
Barbara was one of the original founders of Women Chefs & Restauranteurs, loves that "so many great and talented women have nurtured and grown this organization" and happily shares this info about the group's 23rd Annual Conference.
Women Chef and Restaurateurs was created to connect women in all areas of the food and beverage business.
The annual National WCR Conference, being held in Los Angeles for only the second time, is an opportunity to learn and grow with the great women of the culinary world. Each year, renowned chefs, television personalities, authors, restaurateurs and culinary experts get together at this conference to share their knowledge and experience.
As Barbara tells us, "Food & Wine parties, educational lectures, mentoring, cooking demos, competition and foodie tours around LA areas. Meet your favorite chefs or allow them to meet you network laugh learn relax eat and drink!!!"
In these photos, top to bottom:
Barbara presents her Tenzin Menlek Aaya award, a $5,000 Future Leader in Hospality Scholarship for the pursuit of academic and empirical excellence.
Sherry Yard, former Spago pastry chef, Della Gossett and Barbara with the 2016 Women Who Inspire Awards' Golden Bowl Award awarded to Della.
Bella Lantsman, manager of Chinois on Main holding her Golden Glass Award with Barbara.
Barbara speaking at WCR.
For information and to register, please visit WomenChefs.org.
88th Academy Awards, aka The Oscars
For 22 years, W.P. Catering has catered the Governors Ball Dinner, the official Academy Awards celebration — and for the 22nd year, Barbara Lazaroff attended both events. Here's Barbara visiting Oscar himself, with her beau John in the auditorium before the awards ceremony, at the entrance to the Governors Ball, and with Spago’s Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett.
Sunday, March 28, 2016
Hollywood & Highland
Renaissance Women luncheon
Celebrating the new book: RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives.
Dale Griffiths Stamos and her twin brother, W. Scott Griffiths collaborated on this inspiring book, scheduled for release this the spring (2016).
RenWomen features the exceptional multi-faceted women:
Hélène Cardona, Kathy Eldon, Dale and Alexandra Franzen, Marinela Gombosev, Eva Haller, Frances Hesselbein, Lorie Karnath, Lydia Kennard, Barbara Lazaroff, Jeanne Meyers, Rita Stern Milch, Karen Pritzker, Lita Rawdin Singer, and Margaret and Christine Wertheim.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
National Association of Television Programming
Tuesday, January 19
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels
Miami Beach, Florida
The annual NATPE Market & Conference serves the worldwide television community. Barbara attended this year because she is the co-founder, with Jordan Roberts, of FGI: Filmanthropic Group International — a studio that creates socially conscious mainstream film and media, generating funds and awareness for their causes. (For example, In 2015, to raise awareness about bullying, FGI hosted the “White Rabbit” release party screening and donated to various charities.)
For more informationa about NATPE, visit natpe.com/market
If you're curious about more past events which with Barbara Lazaroff has been involved, please visit her Events page.