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:
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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.
Wondering about this photo? One of Barbara's friends snapped this "Flame of Life Sighting" in Little Tokyo.
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 Summit
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.
New Year's Eve at Chinois
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
New Year’s Eve
at Spago Beverly Hills
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
Christmas 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.
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
768 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
For information please call (212) 687-1290.
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.
November 12, 2014
For information about the organization and its work, visit ShebaMed.org.
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.
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. 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
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 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.
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
Watch for information about the event at breastcancerdeadline2020.org/donate/fundraising-events
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.
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.