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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.


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