“Il Cenacolo celebrated 90 years as the premier Italian Cultural Club in San Francisco at our Christmas Gala December 7, 2018 at the St. Francisc Yacht Club. The “Person of the Year” was…IL CENACOLO!”
From the small group of Italian American men who first gathered in 1928 to enjoy lively cultural discussions, the Italian language, friendship, and a traditional Italian lunch, Il Cenacolo has thrived and grown to today’s membership of 150. With few exceptions, the club has met every Thursday for lunch and a presentation on a topic of interest, including opera, all of the other arts, Italian heritage in San Francisco, travel, food and wine, literature, international affairs, and a variety of other interesting topics.
This anniversary year is special in many ways, not the least of which is the decision to accept women as members. In keeping with the Club’s ongoing plans to honor its rich past while adjusting to the changing world and the future, Il Cenacolo welcomed its first women members in April, 2018. Several women are now enjoying the benefits of membership and are participating in the weekly lunches.