San Francisco Eats: An Edible History of San Francisco


san franciscoSan Francisco has long been regarded as a food mecca – foodies and culinary enthusiasts worldwide appreciate the richness and diversity of the city by the bay.

This year, San Francisco’s Main Library has mounted a new exhibition focusing on the restaurants, street vendors and recipes that have characterized the area from the Gold Rush to the Slow Food movement – over 150 years of food history and culture in San Francisco is compiled into San Francisco Eats: A History of San Francisco.

Through menus, historic photos and cookbooks, San Francisco Eats examines how immigration, geography and tourism have informed the city’s exuberant food culture. On view through March 20, the exhibition also takes a look at the longevity of many San Francisco restaurants, a handful of which have been around for a century or more, as well as the constant flow of new eateries – from the earliest menu, from Ward House – dated Dec. 27, 1849, to the Sept. 22, 2010 menu at Slanted Door.

An “all you can eat” array of food-themed films, workshops and panels has also been scheduled for the run of the exhibition – for those who love San Francisco and its food scene, it’s a must-see event. For information visit

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