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Barbara Lazaroff To Present 31st Annual Passover Seder At Spago

Singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester and Barbara Lazaroff at a Spago Passover Seder.

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 8:58 PM

Restaurateur and designer Barbara Lazaroff continues the tradition she started 31 years ago with her annual Seder for “family and friends” at Spago Beverly Hills on Saturday, April 4.

Guests will gather at 5:30 p.m., for the family Seder to commemorate and remember the end of slavery of the Jewish people in the time of the Pharaohs, “as well as today’s effort to end world oppression and tyranny and promote tolerance,” Lazaroff said.

Lazaroff developed the event to benefit MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (, a national nonprofit devoted to ending hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds. Founded in 1985, MAZON has distributed more than $73 million in emergency and long-term hunger relief locally and globally.

Returning to officiate the ceremony are Rabbi Arnie Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier of University Synagogue in Irvine. The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir will perform.

Executive Chef Lee Hefter and Chef Tetsu Yahagi have designed a menu that is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional meal including: Spago’s shallot & thyme matzo, homemade gefilte fish of whitefish, carp and pike, chicken & vegetable soup with Judy Gethers’ matzo balls, chicken liver mousee, braised beef short rib “flanken,” roasted wild white salmon with ginger-almond crust, and ratatouille & Oriental carrot salad. Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett will prepare a selection of desserts including her Menagerie of Macaroons.

Tickets are $190 for adults and $80 for children under 9, including beverages, gratuities and tax. All faiths and ages are welcome; for reservations call Spago, 310-385-0080.

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