Discovering Vintage San Francisco | Mechanics' Institute

You are here

Discovering Vintage San Francisco
a panel discussion and book presentation

Book cover of Discovering Vintage San Francisco

Join author Laura Smith Borrman and a host of representatives from local heritage businesses for tasty native treats and exciting conversation about vintage San Francisco.

Panelists include Mike Buhler, executive director of San Francisco Heritage; Jonathan Levin, second-generation owner of Cable Car Clothiers; Stacey Lewis, director of publicity and marketing at City Lights; and Peter Quartaroli, managing partner and maître d' extraordinaire at Sam's Grill.

About the book:

A fabulous guide for tourists and a brag book for locals, Discovering Vintage San Francisco tells the story of the city's classic establishments — the restaurants, bars, shops and cultural institutions that have shaped San Francisco over decades, even centuries. The ones that have made the city what it is today, provided the foundation for all the pop-up shops and dinner clubs, hippest modern bars, trendy boutiques, temporary and Michelin-starred restaurants, everything on Bon Appetit's latest hot list. These are the spots that came first. The book highlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way and features indexes that let you choose the places you want to visit by neighborhood, by category, and — naturally — by era.


Members & Public Free
Register now ›
4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling 415-393-0101.

Future Activities

Feb 19 - 12:30pm

The Hundred Wells of Salaga
Author Ayesha Harruna Attah in conversation with Jewelle Gomez. Cosponsored by MOAD (Museum of the African Diaspora)

Feb 21 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Feb 21 - 6:30pm

Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution and Why America Might Miss It
Tech and the City Series: Author Susan Crawford in conversation with Peter Rubin, Wired

Feb 26 - 5:30pm

Knit Happens
Last Tuesdays of the Month