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!