Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ho Ho Ho!

Santa is making a special stop at The Whitney!

Join Santa at The Whitney's acclaimed piano brunch on the following Saturday and Sunday dates: December 13, 14, 20 and 21.

The Whitney is a Detroit Christmas tradition - bring the kids and make this holiday season one to be remembered!

We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"An Absolutely Marvelous Time!"

My staff was so delighted and overwhelmed by the wonders of The Whitney, the beauty and graciousness of the restaurant, the staff and the chef. We had a great time and it makes it difficult for me to come up with something next Christmas to top this one.

Diedre and Kim did a spectacular job of taking care of us. The gentlemen bussing the tables were right on top of everything. The food was divine and the presentation....,what can I say but beyond expectations. The chef made a sampler of the appetizers and had 10 or 11 chef’s walk out each with a platter. They stood behind each of us and placed the platter down all at the same time. We all felt like royalty. Then the head chef explained what everything was and so our meal began!

Between the entrée and dessert, Jim took everyone on a tour of the Whitney. Then the chef made a sampler of the desserts for each of us. We could not have had a better time if we tried.

The menus were a huge hit. The staff were all exclaiming about having our name across the top and no prices listed. They were like kids in a candy shop.

By Roslyn Bashawaty

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rosa sat…so Martin could walk…so Barack could run…so our children can fly!

It’s a new day in America and a new dawn for the vision of what America stands for, proof that as a nation we can come together and work for a better, brighter future. There are huge hurdles to jump, huge boulders to dodge and huge chasms to leap but the election is behind us and the new leadership can get start their own Olympian challenges.

The election was good for America and potentially good for Detroit and its economy. Congratulations President Elect Barack! Congratulations America! Good luck to us all.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Midtown is Getting a Makeover

The street-scaping in Midtown is in full effect: new signage; antique-looking lamp posts; a “greener” walk way with trees, new curbs and a bike path are being added, updated and renovated along Woodward. We expect that the current phase of construction will be complete before Thanksgiving. During the construction, Whitney patrons are asked to use our temporary gravel driveway. There may be some construction, but our doors are always open! We look forward to the finished product and appreciate your patience during the process.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Historic Detroit Gem Appeals to All Walks

Click on the link below for the MetroMix First Taste Review of The Whitney. And, note the FIVE STAR rating!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Whitney Sees Pick Up in Pharmaceutical Meals

The Whitney has hosted numerous pharmaceutical groups recently. In fact, one recent pharmaceutical event held at The Whitney drew more than twice the expected number of participants. Event organizers suggested that The Whitney venue itself was a big reason behind the strong attendance. Importantly, The Whitney has numerous private dining rooms that can comfortably accommodate groups of varying sizes from 10 – 500 guests. Unlike most Detroit area restaurants, The Whitney does NOT charge extra for private rooms. The Whitney offers pharmaceutical packages that can accommodate various budgets.

Contact Nicole DeSalvio at 313-832-5709 for questions or to schedule your meeting.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

History, Mystery and Haunting: The Whitney Restaurant

For decades there have been stories associated with The Whitney Restaurant’s haunting. Are the stories true? Guests will finally have an opportunity to find out. On Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. a first-ever dinner event is being offered at The Whitney. Kathleen Tedsen and Beverlee Rydel, authors of the newly released book: Haunted Travels of Michigan, will host the evening and the Highland Ghost Hunters. Tedsen and Rydel will recount the lives and experiences of the Whitney family during a paranormal investigation of the restaurant with the Highland Ghost Hunters (HGH).

“History, Mystery and Haunting: The Whitney Restaurant” will include a seated three-course dinner, a raffle featuring a private ghost hunt with Highland Ghost Hunters (to be scheduled at a later date) and will conclude with a group ghost hunt/tour throughout the mansion with HGH. The cost for this event is $45 per person.

Reservations can be made by calling The Whitney at 313-832-5700 or online at Please note the “haunted” event when making your reservation.

What are your News Years Eve Plans?

It's only the beginning of October, but The Whitney has already received 300 reservations for its New Years Eve at The Whitney event. The Whitney will be THE place to be this New Years.

Call for details!

Monday, October 6, 2008

FOOD Reviews: The Whitney Restaurant

The Whitney Experience 
"The Whitney offers award-winning cuisine that is elegantly American. The restaurant specializes in beef, fish, seafood, lamb and veal. The Whitney's award-winning wine cellar can provide the ideal libation to compliment any choice from their awe-inspiring selection of tantalizing entries."

Thursday, September 25, 2008


The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau’s film crew recently spent an afternoon at The Whitney. The crew, led by Veronica Vance from Cavalier Films, toured the mansion, strolled through the gardens and sampled a variety of items from our award-winning menu. It was a pleasure to have them. You can view the video on The Whitney's website homepage at We hope it will inspire you to come down and visit us soon!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The "Newer" Whitney Restaurant

As we enter the very busy holiday season, I wanted to remind you that The Whitney has a new look and feel and we hope you’ll consider us for your holiday events.

Specifically, in the past year we’ve recarpeted and repainted virtually the entire restaurant, updated the third floor Wintergarden bar to a more contemporary but still elegant lounge look, installed all new equipment in the main kitchen, relit the fireplaces in the first and second floor “Great Halls,” added new outside walks andgardens, updated our HVAC system, added new music, and generally polished and shined the whole place up! In addition, we have a new General Manager, a new Executive Chef, a new Sales and Banquet Manager and an essentially new and very well trained wait staff.

But, wait, there’s more! By Thanksgiving we’ll have new sidewalks and exterior lighting on Woodward and elegant new holiday decorations that will make the mansion even more spectacular. Our food has only gotten better, our prices are competitive, and our desire to please our guests is paramount to everyone on our staff.

As an iconic Detroit restaurant and landmark, we want to help show off our city to its best advantage and give our local and out-of-town guests a truly pleasurable andmemorable experience. We think that’s a good thing for the city, for our guests and for The Whitney.

We hope you’ll consider The Whitney for your entertaining needs. You won’t be disappointed!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Shhhhh.... It's a Surprise....

The Whitney played an integral role in two recent surprise celebrations. The first event was a 50th Birthday celebration and included over 100 guests at tables spread throughout The Whitney's renovated second floor. When the guest of honor arrived, escorted by her husband and The Whitney's maitre'd, she rounded the grand staircase by the Tiffany glass windows and was shocked to be greeted by a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" by her family and friends. Overcome with emotion, she immediately sat down on the steps, buried her head in her hands and cried tears of joy!

The other birthday surprise event took place in The Whitney Gardens for a sunny Sunday brunch. The guest of honor was stunned when she turned the corner and was greeted by 120 friends!

Both events were fabulously well received by the honorees and their entire guest list. The excitement and enthusiasm they brought to The Whitney provided an uplifting experience for all who participated (including the staff!) to make both events a huge success.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wedding at The Whitney - An Exclusive Wedding Convention

September 17th, The Whitney is hosting a convention of wedding planners from metro Detroit. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss current trends in wedding planning and network with colleagues and suppliers while touring Detroit's most romantic wedding venue. The Whitney will provide complimentary Hors D'oeuvres & Bellini's and will transform the reception and drawing rooms into a glamorous wedding reception with help from partners Blooms by JR Designs providing centerpieces; Lindsey's Linens custom table linens; Creative Ice showcasing a "The Whitney" Ice Sculpture; ROCO Creations offering custom wedding favors; Savvy Advertising invitations; Luxury Limousine vehicles parked outside and Elite Photographic and Video photos for the website and video clip.
The Whitney is Detroit's most elegant venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions and is thrilled to host this exciting event!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another Night at The Whitney

On Friday, August 22nd, "Another Night at The Whitney" attracted 650 people from all over metro Detroit to The Whitney Gardens. The weather was perfect and the event had a great vibe complimented by DJ Matt A, percussions by The Tone and a fashion show. Most in attendance agreed that the party was a truly amazing experience.... dancing, dining and drinking outdoors in the shadows of one of Detroit's most iconic buildings.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chrysler Classics & Cruisers

Last night we had the Cruisin’ MotorCities "Chrysler Classics & Cruisers" charity event to benefit the Walter P. Chrysler Museum here at the Whitney. There were classic Chrysler vehicles on display as well as some of the new additions to the museum’s collection. Our parking lot was transformed into car heaven! With live entertainment, great food and drink, and a whole lot of people including the Chrysler Dealership council, the event was quiet a success!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Shaking up Thursday Nights in Mid-Town

Thursday nights at The Whitney have been a home-run in the gardens this summer with 89x bringing in live entertainment. Please come and join us for a relaxing evening in the heart of mid-town.

Here is the band line up scheduled to play for the next month:

08/07/08 Kadro and Core Effect

08/14/08 Robin Horlock and Todd Stevens

08/21/08 Wurfull and The Prime Ministers

08/28/08 Frankie D'Angelo, Brandon Calhoon, Ty Stone, and Doop

09/04/08 Otto Vector

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Vote for The Whitney for The Best Romantic Restaurant in Detroit!

The Whitney is currently in first place for the Best Romantic Restaurant of Detroit from Channel 4 Click on Detroit! We received 2nd place for 2007 and we think that we definitely deserve 1st place this year! If you love The Whitney as much as we do, please register by following the below link and click on "2008 4 The Best." Scroll Down to "Great Meals" and select "Romantic Restaurant!" Thank you so much!!

(If clicking on the link doesn't work, just copy and paste it into your browser :) )

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sommerset Collection Holiday Catalog photo shoot at The Whitney

Hour Magazine is doing a photo shoot in exclusive locations around the Metro Detroit area for its upcoming Somerset Collection Holiday Catalog and The Whitney was selected for the designer gown fashion shoot. Hour is flying in a well-known fashion photographer from New York as well as a National Model for the occasion.

The shoot will take place on the staircase leading up to the third floor Wintergarten with the Tiffany stained glass windows offering a colorful backdrop.

It should be spectacular and we will certainly post the images as soon as they become available.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Whitney Memory

I return to haunt this ancient house prematurely.
I say prematurely because I am not yet dead.
As I am clearly visible, I cannot qualify as a ghost.
Though my association here of approximately
Four generations (eighty years) ought to qualify.

It was seventy-nine or eighty years ago
That my mother, to rid herself of a precocious
Child, sent me off for a few hours making
"House calls" with my father. As a City Physician
He made calls on the sick poor or poor sick,

Whichever they were. The anxious looks of people
Waiting outside for the doctor spoke volumes of
Their fears and anxiety. Daily he stopped at the
David Whitney House, which was gifted to
Wayne County Medical Society as its headquarters.

Here he registered infectious diseases and gathered
Quarantine placards to warn away visitors.
There was no question, the society helped my father
Practice medicine. That house, after I finished
School myself, helped me learn to drink in moderation.

Free meals at various society meetings were
Preceded by a groaning board filled with
Crudities, and surrounded on one side by
Martinis and the other by Manhattans. It is easy, yet
To conjure up that image as I climbed the stairs tonight.

Later still, after it did a stint as the home of the VNA
It became the home of the very fine Whitney
restaurant in which incarnation it exists today.
Can you imagine? I still see myself as a toddler
Looking at those stained windows for the first time.

It was mid morning. The daylight illuminated the
Cherubs from behind and lit the dining room.
We ate a tuna sandwich and followed it with
Home made apple pie. For years that pie
Was brought in daily by one of the cooks.

Those pies sustained me through childhood, internship,
Residency, fellowship and early practice.
Perhaps I shall even order a slice tonight.
Though at eighty-three I have generally
Foresworn dessert. But I remember and miss it!!
Ned I. Chalat M.D.

Monday, July 14, 2008

There is lots of summer left in The Whitney Gardens!

The recent summer nights have been perfect and new faces have been appearing in The Whitney Gardens for every one of them. We invite anyone who hasn't witnessed the Glory of The Gardens to come down for great food like the Whitney Sliders -- three great small sliders (burger, chicken and pulled pork) plus French fries for $7 -- and drink to experience The New Whitney.

We continue to offer a complimentary shuttle to Tigers night games (with free valet parking) and have a great line-up featuring a variety of live entertainment, including DJ PowdrBlu performing every Tuesday evening beginning at 7:00 and rotating entertainment on the weekends. We've also moved the Thursday 89X Garden parties to a 6:00 PM start time. Here is the current band schedule for the next month:


Jamie McCarthy

Prime Ministers

The Wall Clocks

Otto Vector

Hiding In Thailand


Cobalt Party Revolution

We invite you to come down and spend these relaxing summer months with us with fresh food, live entertainment, and a garden ambiance in the city. Whether its lunch, dinner or brunch, we look forward to seeing you in the Garden!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Thoughful Thank You to The Whitney

Nothing makes us happier than receiving positive feedback from a pleased guest, especially a bride! We do everything in our power to make sure that your time at The Whitney is as wonderful as we can make it. It's nice to hear that we are succeeding in this endeavor. Below is a beautiful letter from a bride who recently shared her wedding with us. Thank you so much for bringing your friends and family into our Whitney home! It was a pleasure having you with us and we are thrilled that you all enjoyed yourself!

"Thank you so much for all of your help, planning and suggestions. Everything was absolutely WONDERFUL!! I feel badly I didn't have the chef come out at the end of the meal. It was truly amazing.. I think every person said how tremendous the meal was.. PLEASE pass that along to him.
I really can't think of anything else we would have wanted to be done differently. The set up was beautiful. We would likely order more hors d'oeuvres - they flew!!
The waitstaff was really wonderful - especially with the kids.. if one of them ordered a drink they had it within no time.

Again thank you so much for everything. You were so wonderful to work with. We will definitely be back for anniversaries!!!


Monday, July 7, 2008

One Night at the Whitney

Sixdegrees is sponsoring "One Night at The Whitney" this Friday, July 11th. It promises to be a spectacular celebration in The Whitney Garden with DJ Matt A on-hand. The Whitney will offer a wide array of food and drink including complimentary Bellini's from 10 - 11 PM. This Friday, One Night at The Whitney will be the coolest event at Detroit's hottest venue!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Wicked Winds and a Wedding

June 21st, 2008 started off as a gorgeous day for a wedding at The Whitney. The garden was decorated to perfection with amazing centerpieces upon crisp white linens, champagne colored ribbons draped from the Peachtree, and the bride's signature drink was poured and waiting to be picked up by 125 guests as it sparkled in the sun. It was picture perfect... until 15 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start...

In a matter of moments, the sky darkened, the wind started howling, and then the rain and pea-sized hail came. We moved to Plan B as the staff immediately grabbed umbrellas, saved the 5 tiered cupcake wedding cake, and began moving the ceremony to the 2nd & 3rd floor staircase landing in front of the fabulous Tiffany stained glass windows. It was an epic Michigan storm out there.

We do many Whitney weddings inside where we serve hors d'oeuvres on the second floor and open our Winter Garden bar on the third. So this wasn't new to us. It turned out to be so wonderful, that many thought our Plan B should have been Plan A all along.

The Bride was absolutely thrilled with how everything turned out and the very next morning, she sent an amazing letter thanking the staff and praising the venue and the service.

So how does this fairytale wedding end... well they lived happily ever after (celebrating their new lives together in SUNNY Costa Rica)!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Whitneys ready for PLAY

Sylvia Rector, a well respected Restaurant Critic/Editor at the Detroit Free Press, featured our restaurant and garden in the PLAY section of the Free Press today. If you have a moment, please check it out! Thank you Sylvia for joining us at The Whitney!

"Metro Alfresco: The Whitney"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Heating up the Kitchen

This week, The Whitney is putting the finishing touches on its brand new kitchen! We have purchased many new appliances, including an entire hot line. The equipment is state-of-the-art and allows our talented staff to create even more succulent dishes in a shorter period of time.

At The Whitney, we love when guests come in and enjoy a leisurely meal with us. However, we also know that many patrons are on a schedule. With our upgraded kitchen, we are better able to meet all of our customer time requests while still delivering the culinary experience that has made The Whitney a Detroit favorite for over 20 years!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Whitney's first 89X Garden Party of the summer!

Tomorrow, Thursday June 12th is The Whitney's first 89X Garden Party of the summer! These events have been a staple on the Detroit music scene for twenty years and many renowned bands have played in our Gardens (like The White Stripes). This year the events are better than ever. The Gardens have been re-done and are more spacious, more colorful and offer more seating than ever before.

The events start at 9:00 PM and two bands will play "un-plugged"- some for the first time ever.
Cal Cagno and the 89X team have pulled together a schedule that includes:
June 12: Wurfull and The Delivery
June 19: Robin Horlock Band and Otto Vector
June 26: Silent Violet and The Wall Clocks
July 3: Prime Ministers and Spencer Michaud.

There is no cover charge and valet parking is free.
Join us in The Whitney Garden for great food, refreshment and music in the heart of the "D"!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Flavors of Michigan Charity Event

Last night The Whitney took part in the "Flavors of Michigan" Charity Event hosted by the American Liver Foundation at the Ritz Carlton in Dearborn. Follow the below link for a description of the event.
The Whitney was auctioned off at the highest price of $1,000.00. Our chefs served a 5 course meal to the group that took part in the auction. It was a very successful event.

Here are some more events happening around The Whitney...
The Detroit Regional Chamber is hosting an event here tomorrow in the Garden with about 70 people. We also have The Detroit Wine Organization hosting an event on June 18th, they will be having close to 100 people in the Garden for a wine tasting. On June 20th we are out-catering an event at the Zoo for 2,000 people. We will keep you updated on these and more events coming up.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tigers shuttle is a Success!

Friday, June 6th marked the first night for The Whitney's shuttle to Tigers games. 15 people used the shuttle on the first night and all agreed it was a good experience. That was a great turn out for our first ride! We offer this service for every Tiger night game and we hope Tiger fans take advantage of this in the future!

The Whitney's shuttle is free as is our valet parking. Instead of paying top dollar for inconvenient stadium parking, come by The Whitney and hop on our shuttle that drops you off right at the Comerica Park gate. Have a drink in our garden and save even more money during our Happy Hour (4 – 6 PM) where all garden menu food is half off! Then hangout after the game (The Whitney was voted Detroit’s Best Place for a Nightcap by HOUR Detroit).

Check our website for our live entertainment schedule.

We love our garden and we think you will too!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Celebrate the 2008 Red Wings Parade in The Whitney Gardens!

Like everybody in Detroit, we are celebrating the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship and their phenomenal 2008 season!

The Red Wings are an incredible source of pride for our entire region. They are an Original 6 team, and we like to think of The Whitney as an original, authentic Detroit destination. I invite hockey fans to kick back in our garden for food and drink tomorrow after the Detroit Parade to celebrate the Cup’s return to Hockeytown.

The gardens are open at 11:30AM, but we also offer half off our garden menu from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. From 5:00PM to 7:00PM, morning radio personalities JAY TOWERS and BILL MCALLISTER from 97.1FM The Ticket will be on-hand to talk Red Wings and all other things Detroit.

We have free valet parking and is also pleased to provide a free shuttle to Comerica Park tomorrow evening for the Tigers game.

GO WINGS! GO TIGERS! And then go to the gardens!

Come One Come All! The Gardens are Offcially Open!

This week marks the official opening of our revamped and stunning new Whitney Gardens! So far the feedback has been extremely positive and we have been featured by Fox TV, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and a whole slew of on-line publications.

Our first Tuesday with DJ PowdrBlu was this week. The rain caused us to move the party inside to our third floor WinterGarden - still it was great to get the event kicked-off. Tuesdays will be a blast this summer at The Whitney.

We Detroiters are always looking for outdoor dining and drinking experiences during our summer months -- we think our Gardens can become the place to be for lunch, happy hour, dinner and entertainment.

We hope you visit us and agree!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Barbara Komen “Race for the Cure” passes The Whitney!!

Well, I don’t usually wear a pink chef’s jacket but in the case of the Barbara Komen “Race for the Cure” where pink is the color of choice, why not? It was absolutely inspirational to see some 50,000 men, women and children of all ages and races filing past The Whitney Saturday morning, May 31, helping to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer.

We wanted to be involved at The Whitney so we dressed our Tiger mascot “Whit” in a pink pashmina, tied pink ribbons and balloons to our front fence and Patrick Liebler, our Executive Director, Khalid Diab, our General manager, Michael Lutes, our Executive Chef and I donned pink chef’s garb as we handed out over 5,000 small chocolate Opera Cakes, The Whitney’s signature dessert, to help fuel the runners to the finish line.

It was a great way to throw open our garden gates and a great way to help a great cause. We’ll be there again next year, only bigger and better!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Where's our Gnome?! Relaxin' in the Gardens...

TheWhitney. Kick back in the garden this summer.
Home Grown Garden Parties
4421 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
May 27 - September 28
Enjoy lunch & dinner in The Garden
Monday through Saturday
lunch brunch dinner drinks dessert
Check out local, live entertainment featuring
DJ Powdrblu every Tuesday
Signature Brunch every Sunday
Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday through Friday
Free Shuttle to Tigers’ night games
Go to or call 313-832-5700 for details.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hello Friends of The Whitney!

I wanted to let you know we're continuing to make progress. Hopefully you've seen or heard some of the wonderful publicity we've received in the past few weeks -- articles in dbusiness and HOUR Magazine, stories in Crain's Detroit Business and the local newspapers, interviews on WDET and with Dick Purtan on WOMC, plus spots on 89X and 97.1 plugging our Friday night garden parties. We owe our friends in the media a big THANK YOU!Our new chef, Michael Lutes, is settled in and has made big changes -- for the better -- to our menu. Visitors, happily, are raving about the food. Master Sommalier Claudia Tyagi continues to update the wine list with great local, national and international wines to tempt any palate. We've had some big private parties and lots and lots of walk-in customers who recognize our General Manager, Geoffrey Browing, from his days at Joe Muer's and are happy to have him back on the Detroit restaurant scene.Renovations continue. The front walks and gardens and driveway resurfacing should be completed this week which will finish our outside work for awhile. We've stripped and repainted three more rooms on the second floor and removed the carpeting to expose beautiful parquet floors which we're ruminating over whether to polish and leave uncovered, or to carpet. We're about to order carpet for several of the downstairs rooms and are pushing, pushing, pushing to get our new bar/lounge on the first floor before the holidays. We'll definitely have an updated look to the third floor bar -- not the whole area, just the bar itself -- before the year is up. And we're getting some good entertainment up there on the weekends.It's all very exciting. Come see for yourself and let us know what you think.

Bud Liebler, Proprietor