Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Evening with the Collection: The History of the Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Café
Co-sponsored by the 9th Annual Crossroads Irish-American Festival
Free Event at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco
The California Historical Society will share its Buena Vista Café collection to tell the story of a true Irish American invention, Irish Coffee. The Buena Vista Café collection received by the California Historical Society in 1982 chiefly contains correspondence and clippings, plus a few photographs, documenting the introduction of Irish coffee to San Francisco. Original letters between Jack and Josephine Koeppler, proprietors, the Irish Consul in San Francisco, and various firms and whiskey distributors in Ireland, as well as correspondence from San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Stan Delaplane, begin in February 1954 and continues well into the 1970s with publicity and articles extolling the fame of Buena Vista’s famous Irish coffee. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.357.1848, ext. 229.