Monday, December 28, 2009

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

As we wrap up another year here at The Whitney, I would like to take a minute to remember some great times had at the restaurant over the past 12 months.

This year was the first year for our Motown Mimosa Brunch on Sundays which turned out to be a huge success. Guests enjoyed the musical stylings of Detroit's classic Motown artists, bottomless mimosas and fabulous food prepared by The Whitney's chefs.
Our brunch attendance jumped from 40 per Sunday to over 100 on average with the introduction to the Motown sound.

It was also a successful year for our Pre Theatre Menu and DSO Package (these are still offered throughout the winter). The Pre Theatre is a four-course menu offered at a fixed price of $45 per person and can be enjoyed before your show. The DSO Package includes two floor seats to a DSO show of your choosing and dinner for two with us, all for just $180! Thank you all who took advantage of these great deals over the year!
If you were around during the summer, you would remember our "oasis in the city" a.k.a garden patio. We hosted Rain or Shine Happy Hour, Twilight Tuesdays, Thursday's 89x Garden Parties, and Detroit's premiere DJ's on the weekends. Whether rocking out to the 89x bands or dancing into the night on Tuesdays with DJ Capnt 20, the garden was the hottest place to be this summer (as I type this, I am looking out the window at the furious blizzard and wishing that it was summer in the garden).

We also had the opportunity to host fundraising events here at the mansion. Early in the year we hosted several current Channel 56 donors as well as a number of key prospects for the station. Then in September we kicked off our “Flora’s Tea Room” service with an event featuring Mr. Song Millinery, the world-famed designer of the “Aretha” hat from President Obama’s Inauguration. Mr. Song’s "Day of Fashion" at the mansion in September was a great success with beautiful women in beautiful chapeaux, all for the benefit of Susan G. Komen for The Cure. The day was split into two events: a high tea debuting the launch of The Whitney's High Tea service and a cocktail garden event in the evening, both featured a fashion show by Mr. Song. Fashionable hats were encouraged and definitely represented!

Another successful fundraiser was a special Sunday Brunch for the Michigan Opera Theatre in October which raised over $7,000 for Michigan’s premier opera company.

And we have one more benefit to go – this Thursday evening’s New Year’s Eve celebration featuring members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra plus “The People’s Choice” band, a popular, upbeat band that will rock loose around the midnight hour.Proceeds from the New Year’s Eve gala, which will feature three individual dinner seatings as well as an exclusive “after party,” will go to the DSO.

There have so been many good times spent here over the past year, (including more than 30 weddings which took advantage of the mansion’s opulent settings and surroundings!), and just this last month of holiday cheer has been our best yet. We have been jammed packed every week with Detroiters and visiting out-of-towners looking to celebrate the wintery season. We had the opportunity to welcome a bunch of new faces into the restaurant and hopefully they were surprised and delighted by their experiences here and will come back soon.

We now go into the New Year with hopes of having another successful one. Speaking for all of us here at The Whitney, we wish you and your family all the very best this holiday season and a New Year full of only good and positive things!

Friday, December 11, 2009

People are talking and they are saying some great things about The Whitney. Don't want to be left out? Search The Whitney at and post your reviews. We appreciate all your comments!

"I have been to The Whitney twice within the past 2 months for dinner. I love this place. It was quiet, the food and service was awesome and the entire staff are warm and friendly. The place has lots of history and the staff love talking about it. Don't miss this place if you have the opportunity to dine there."

"The Whitney is a gem that truly shines, especially during the holiday season. The beauty of the architecture transports you back to a time of elegance as soon as you open the doors. The grand staircase is particularly gorgeous when festooned with garland, and you expect your dining experience to be grand based on the immediate ambiance. Our food was a delight to the eye, exceptionally well presented, and prepared to perfection. The atmosphere was both festive and romantic, truly a perfect evening."

"Waitress was amazing-very attentive and friendly."

"I was already impressed after the soup!!!"

"The Whitney is always an amazing experience every time I go, and this time was no exception."

"Overall we were very pleased with out dining experience. The ambiance is beautiful and the food was scrumptious. The Whitney provides a very romantic setting perfect for that special occasion."

"Everything was wonderful- like a dream. Waiter "Ruis" was excellent. Highly recommend this for special occasions"

"Was looking forward to this experience and chose it as part of my wife's 30th Birthday celebration. The Whitney definitely did not disappoint! The service was excellent. From confirmation calls for my reservation to them even ensuring that the flowers that I ordered were in fact delivered on time. Perfect romantic setting and ambiance for the occasion. I earned many "cool points" with the misses. Thanks Whitney!!!"

"This was a wonderful experience for us! We will return in the future."

"Gorgeous restaurant and good service. After dinner walk around the whole mansion to see the three historical floors. Probably would be a good place for a small wedding reception."

"Wonderful setting, great food, and a marvelous wait staff that are very knowledgeable about the restaurant."

"Place has lots of character; charming and romantic. Food was very good. Weeknight PrefixedHarvest Menu is a steal."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Years Eve Diner Menu

Wondering what kind of delicious menu we have lined up for New Years Eve?? Well here it is!

First Course
Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Roasted Beet
Mixed Greens, Haricot Vert, Goat Cheese, Crispy Potatoes, Pancetta and Truffle Vinaigrette
Second Course
Smoked Tomato Bisque, Blue Cheese Cracker
Crab Cake
Wonton Chips, Roasted Corn Salsa, Avocado Cream
Short Rib
Braised Beef, Cheddar Grits, Spinach, Tomato Chutney
Third Course
Spinach, Bacon and Gruyere Quiche, Herbed Tomato Galette, Beurre Blanc
Sea Scallops
Sunchoke Puree, Braised Brussels Sprouts, Tomato and Lemongrass Chutney, Balsamic
Butternut Squash, Leeks, Fennel, Wild Mushrooms
Fourth Course
Braised Shank, Parsnip Puree, Creamed Mushroom, Haricot Vert, Crispy Leek
Japanese Pumpkin Tart, Chanterelles, Cranberry Beet Chutney, Bourbon Demi
Mushrooms, Spinach, Grape Tomatoes, Madeira Cream Sauce
Fifth Course
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse
Whitney Carrot Cake
Don't forget to make your reservations today!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ring in the New Year with The DSO at The Whitney

10, 9, 8, 7…HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This year, The Whitney will partner with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a very special night of great food and fabulous music provided by musicians of the DSO. A portion of the proceeds will benefit one of Detroit’s most treasured cultural organizations: the DSO!

Dinner service for the night will include a four-course menu with wine-pairings and will be offered at three separate times (5p.m., 7p.m., and 9p.m.). If you’re looking to celebrate the midnight hour with dancing and a traditional New Year countdown, stay for the elegant after party that will take place throughout The Whitney mansion after the 9p.m. seating. The countdown to midnight will be displayed on The Ghostbar’s plasma TV’s and passed hor d’oeuvres, a premium bar and musical entertainment will be offered to party-goers.

Four-course Meal
Formal Attire (Black Tie Optional)
Dancing & Live Music by the DSO (Three floors of music – various styles)

· Dinner @ 5p.m., 7p.m., and 9p.m.
· Beyond Dinner the Party Continues 10:30p.m-4a.m.

Dinner - $100 per person
Dinner & Party - $150 (9p.m. seating ONLY)
Party ONLY - $65

20% of proceeds donated to the DSO

RSVP Now!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Night of Fashion and Substance!

The fashion brigade of Detroit was welcomed into The Whitney last Thursday for William Malcolm’s ‘Man of Style’ gala. In attendance were friends, family, community supporters and press who enjoyed eight individual art exhibits set up throughout the mansion, as well as a multi-media gaming room. There was also a private viewing of the spring/summer collections of celebrity designer Katerina Bocci and William Malcolm, himself.

The night’s sole honoree was the much anticipated winner of the William Malcolm’s ‘Man of Style’ contest. The contest focused on the young men of Michigan and their attributes of style, sophistication and humanitarianism. Malcolm sought to highlight these young men and honor their attributes with a $25,000 prize package for the winner.

Demario S. Tucker was announced as ‘The Man of Style’ at the close of the evening after a long deliberation by the high profile judges, including Bud Liebler , owner of The Whitney. Tucker received a prize package that includes an all inclusive trip for two to Hawaii, a feature in Ambassador Magazine, a wardrobe that will be designed by William Malcolm, a furniture package from IKEA furniture, autographed sports memorabilia from Curtis Granderson of the Detroit Tigers, custom Ford apparel provided by the Fairlane Ford Dealership of Dearborn, a luxury watch provided by Tappers fine Jewelry, a two day photo shoot by world renowned photographer Shawn Lee of Shawn Lee Studios, several custom art pieces that were commissioned by William Malcolm for the winner from local and national artists as well as several other stylishly sophisticated gifts – Can you say WOW!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Holiday Fun!

Garlands and wreaths and bows oh my….The Whitney is officially decorated for the holidays (inside and out)! If you haven’t had the chance to visit The Whitney yet, now is the time to stop by.
Holiday festivities will include The Whitney’s Signature Santa Brunch which will be on Sundays (and some select Saturdays) from 10:30am-3:00pm and will start the first week in December. Santa is scheduled to come clattering down the chimney on these days to merrily greet all of Metro Detroit’s nicest boys and girls! The cost of the Brunch will be $29 per person, children 5 to 12 pay their age and ages four and under eat free. But wait there’s more…bottomless mimosas are also included!

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Billboards!!

We have had many “firsts” here at The Whitney: first kisses, first dates, first anniversaries, “First Fridays”, first ghostly encounters, AND first advertising via BILLBOARD!!! That’s right, The Whitney has not one, but TWO new billboards that may have caught your eye while driving along Woodward Ave. One of the billboards is located on the corner of Canfield and Woodward just next door to us (it can be seen from the third floor of the restaurant) and the other is right down the street. So while you’re driving, walking, catching the bus or just hanging out on Woodward, turn your eyes to the sky and CHECK THE OUT! Who knows, it might just get you in the mood to stop by for a bite to eat or a little something to drink.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cub Scouts and Ghost Stories!

What do you think of when you think of The Whitney restaurant? Elegance…great food….an amazing atmosphere…yes. Cub Scouts? Probably not. But, this past Saturday, October 24, uniformed members of Cub Scout Pack 1916 and their families congregated at The Whitney for an exciting afternoon at the stately 1894 mansion.

The scouts, ranging in age from 6 – 11 years old and mostly from the Warren area, had a chance to tour the mansion and develop an appreciation for the craftsmanship and detail of the home and their favorite part....the ghost stories! Our favorite history buff/server guided the tour while telling tales of The Whitney's haunting.

I stood and listened to the young boy's stark skepticism about the so-called haunting in the house. Given that Halloween is just a few days away, I decided to tell them a little about our experiences here. After the story, the boys were not so skeptical after all.

My ghostly encounter:

I have worked here for quite some time now and have always felt comfortable in the house by myself...up until a few months ago. One bright, sunny morning I was opening the restaurant by myself (the chef's were here but in the kitchen) and as I sat in the third floor office returning messages, I looked up and saw a figure walk past the open door. I called out in question of who it was and no one responded to me. Racking my brain of every possible solution to what I saw, I came up simply that it was David Whitney paying me a morning visit. Since then, I have yet to be alone on the third floor by myself!


The DSO is Calling My Name

Being young and loving to explore everything that Detroit has to offer, I've come to realize that I have missed a few crucial aspects of the city. One of these being - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I was thinking the other day, if a guy were to ask me out tomorrow and I could have dinner anywhere...I would love to have dinner work (The Whitney) and follow that up with the musical beauty that is the DSO. Thankfully, The Whitney and the DSO have come together once again to offer a package deal that is a perfect solution for a romantic date. The package includes a three course dinner prepared by our amazing chefs and two premium seats to the show of your choosing for just $180 (not including tax or gratuity). I don't know about you, but that's a great way to impress your lady...or man! Make your reservations today because the holiday nights fill up fast!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Season at The Whitney!

It's officially Fall here at The Whitney! There is a nip in the air outside and we've turned on the fireplaces to take the chill out of your bones.
I was just talking with the others around the mansion today about our different holiday decorations soon to be put up. The excitement is popping with all seasonal change so come try our new Four -Course Harvest Menu or join us in a few weeks for the Grand Re-opening of the Ghostbar. If that's not enough, just stop in for a hot toddy and stand by the blazing fires!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Detroit Restaurant Week 's Success

Whether you heard it through the grapevine or you were here to witness it for yourself, you know that Detroit’s Restaurant Week was a great success!!! And not only for The Whitney, but for all of the restaurants that participated.

With every seat in the house filled, Chef Dan Maurer's delicious creations had guests licking their lips and patting their tummies. For those of you who experienced all that Restaurant Week had to offer at The Whitney (and even for those of you who didn’t) we have news for you – The Whitney will be offering a four course Harvest Tasting menu for only $35. This menu starts tonight and will run through this month, Tues.-Thurs. from 5-9 p.m. Make your reservations today because this is bound to be a great opportunity for you and for us!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Turning Over the Reigns

To my devoted blog readers- wherever and whomever you are:

Even though I have had a wonderful time telling all of you about my beautiful restaurant and the fabulous events that we've had here, I have decided to retire from my blogging career and turn the reigns over to a young and bright-eyed blogger waiting in the wings. The changing seasons give way to new and exciting endeavors here at The Whitney and our new blogger is very eager to tell you all about what's happening around the mansion - holiday events, Flora's Tea Room, and so much more! Thank you all for reading and please stop by The Whitney to say hello.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


We are, yet again, putting the "class" back into "classic" at The Whitney by introducing Flora's Tea Room. David Whitney's wife, Flora, was the epitome of class and always enjoyed a cup of tea in the afternoon. To honor her, and the historic surroundings of The Whitney, we will offer tea Tuesday-Friday from 12-3pm and on Saturday afternoon for private parties. Flora's Tea room is located on the 2nd floor in Mrs. Whitney's cozy Bedroom and Sitting Room. Once seated, guests will be offered an array of The Whitney's Signature blend in one of a kind hand-painted china. Our afternoon tea also includes a delicious four-course meal individually plated for each special guest and prepared by our renowned chefs.

In honor of the launch of Flora's Tea Room, The Whitney hosted our first Afternoon Tea event- 'A Day of Fashion' featuring a hat fashion show by Mr. Song Millinery, creator of the famous "Aretha" hat, which was seen at President Obama's Inauguration. The event was a great success and made headlines at The Detroit Free Press!! Check out our pictures at:

Be a part of all the fun and class by making your reservations today!!
Please contact Kim Piskos, Director of Tea Services, at 313.384.0880.

Friday, September 4, 2009


There are many things that bring our community together such as parks, schools, businesses and the most! There being so many local restaurants, including The Whitney, it's sometimes hard to decide where you want to wet your whistle and satisfy that hunger.
Our beautiful historic home and delicious cuisine creates a destination that can not be missed and so we have teamed up with as a solution!
By visiting guests can get our location, prices, menus, dress attire and lots of other information that you may need to know. The best part is that you can purchase gift cards to our restaurant at a reduced price!! We are really excited to have started this program and hope that you will join in on all the fun! Search for us at and purchase your Whitney gift certificates today! Our garden oasis is still open and what a better time to bask in the remaining summer weather than at a reduced rate.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Cool Breeze Bids 89X Thursdays a Farewell

The cool weather has already made its way into Michigan and we are starting to wrap up our summer garden parties, but don’t worry, we have plenty planned for Fall. We've had a great season hosting the 89x Thursday night garden parties, but tonight we will be bidding them farewell (well at least for this summer). Join us tonight for some great LIVE music - three bands (we could tell you who, but we would rather you come hear for yourself), happy hour drink specials and delicious food! The party starts at 5pm so don't be late!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Whitney's Green Thumb

As I drove up to The Whitney this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the lush greenery that has sprouted up in our vegetable and herb garden.
Although the organic garden is small, we have taken every opportunity to add a touch of the garden to many of our dishes. We are growing a variety of herbs, such as cilantro, parsley, chives, basil, thyme and Israeli mint. We’ve also grown jalapeño, yellow peppers, bean, tomatoes and lettuce. The peppers will be used on our new calamari dish which we expect to add to the menu this week!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Unforgettable…In Every Way

I wanted to take a moment and tell you of a fabulous experience I had dining in The Whitney Garden this week (as you know, I am a completely unbiased and highly critical Whitney diner). The day was hot; hot enough to make you think twice about eating outside. Fortunately, our 150 year old America Beech Tree provides incredible shade and keeps our back dining area more than comfortable. The gardens looked phenomenal with the roses and hydrangeas in particular showing beautiful color. Spanish guitar music from our hidden speakers gently floated down throughout the space. Under foot is our large bluestone flooring and a quiet babble emanates from the central fountain.

On this particular day, our kitchen was offering gazpacho - not something I typically order, but I wanted to give it a try. Let me tell you, it was outstanding! Beautifully presented and bursting with flavors. For my entree, I enjoyed a wonderful salmon Caesar salad. Alas, I was working in the afternoon and opted out of a nice wine in favor of an iced tea.

Anyway, these are challenging times for restaurants across the city. Different venues meet the challenges in different ways - cutting costs, mailing coupons, shortening shifts, etc. What I hope we are doing here at The Whitney is offering meals that are truly memorable in a setting that is unmatched. This is The Whitney distinction and the promise that I believe we are delivering to each and every guest.

There is nothing like The Whitney Gardens (period). If customers are watching their restaurant dollars closer or eating out less frequently, we'd like to invite them into a setting and a culinary experience that is truly unique and intertwined with our city's history and its current culture. Although our prices are very competitive with less inspired venues, we deliver an entirely different experience which speaks not only to all five senses but also to the soul. Simply put, given our heartbreakingly short Michigan summers, it’s great to dine outdoors among the flowers and trees. One can do this in an award winning restaurant while sitting less than 100 feet from Woodward Avenue in the heart of Midtown and adjacent to a recognized landmark.

We believe that our challenge is not in delivering the exceptional dining experiences described above, but rather in making sure that Detroiters think about The Whitney Gardens for their lunch and dinner events. I'm hoping to entice you to experience it for yourself in the near future, and then tell your readers to visit us often. (As I conclude this note, I just heard our Friday lunch (indoor) live piano player getting started!)

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Whitney makes the top 10 outdoor havens in the Metro Detroit area

Molly Abraham of the Detroit News recently gave The Whitney a nod as she posted it as one of the Top 10 outdoor havens in the Metro Detroit area.

Excerpt from the Detroit News: July 23, 2009

It's the height of summer, the perfect time for savoring the season at restaurants that offer al fresco seating. We're not talking about sidewalk cafés. Although sitting at a table on a busy sidewalk has its own appeal, the best outdoor dining involves gardens, waterfront terraces and secluded courtyards away from the exhaust fumes.

It's about places that offer something a little extra in addition to the fresh air and sunshine of Metro Detroit in summer.

The Whitney

Tables are set in the shadow of a 125-year-old American beech tree; there's a bubbling fountain and a winding path around the grounds of the vintage mansion. And a bistro menu of very aff0ordable fare is a plus. Typical bistro dishes: Chicken and ricotta crêpe with spinach/orange salad, roasted turkey club on toasted sourdough. An extra: If it starts to rain, you can duck into the house, and, in fact, even if it doesn't, garden diners are invited to tour the interior. 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; (313) 832-5700.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

MetroMix Boasts Alumni Reunion Block Party

Do your colors run green and white; maize and blue; black and gold? Whatever they run, The Whitney is welcoming alums from area colleges and will turn the restaurant and its gardens into a picnic block party Saturday, TODAY!

Graduates from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, Oakland, Central and more, are expected to participate. Tents, loungers and an outdoor grill will be provided at the Whitney along with live music and sounds by DJ Polo.

8 p.m. Saturday, the Whitney, 4421 Woodward, Detroit. 313-932-5700. $10.

Friday, July 24, 2009

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Party Like A Rock Star at The Whitney
DateTuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:52AM | AuthorBecks Davis

In 1894, when the David Whitney House was completed, the Detroit Free Press described it as, "an American palace enjoying the distinction of being one of the most pretentious modern homes in the state and one of the most elaborate houses in the west."

It’s an amazing structure built in the Romanesque Revival style with Tiffany windows throughout. Unfortunately, David Whitney only lived in the house for 6 years before he died. The house has had few owners since then and today we know it as the fashionable and upscale restaurant, The Whitney.

The historic Whitney Mansion.But the Whitney isn’t just for fancy schmancy dinners. It also has a cool vibe side; they have been doing their 89x Garden Parties for a while now on Thursdays. Earlier this summer they started Twilight Tuesdays and it has caught my attention.

Twilight Tuesdays, like the 89x parties, are also in the garden. It launched on June 2nd and will continue throughout the summer, rain or shine. If it rains the party just moves from the garden to the Ghost Bar. Why did Twilight Tuesdays catch my eye? The party is from 8pm-1am and there is a $20 cover. But, and this is why it got my attention, that cover gives you an open bar from 8pm-11pm. I know a lot of people who could make that $20 worth their while. Oh, and there is music with DJ Captn20. All this on beautiful summer evening at one of the most pretentious homes in the Midwest. Yep, sounds like a good time to me.

Oh, and they have a happy hour. The Whitney offers “rain or shine” happy hour Tuesdays through Fridays from 5pm-7pm. The happy hour specials are $3 domestic beers and $5 cocktails.

So, we have Twilight Tuesdays, 89x Garden Parties on Thursdays, and “rain or shine” happy hour. As a special bonus there are people who say the old Whitney mansion is haunted. Oh yeah, I’m so there.

The Whitney is located at 4421 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Phone: (313) 832-5700. Please remember to drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunset at The Gardens: WA3’s Quarterly Mixer

The Woodward Avenue Action Association will kick off their new year with quarterly in our fabulous Restaurant and Gardens today from 5pm-8pm. Guests will enjoy a strolling feast complimented by the best summer drinks in town. Get to know what’s new with the organization and Woodward Avenue and have a chance to win one of many great door prizes!

Entertainment for the evening is provided courtesy of Six Degrees Magazine's and the Whitney's Twilight Tuesday's legendary DJ Captn 20.

The evening's proceeds will go to support the on-going work of the WA3. Attire is business & summer chic. Cost: $20 for members & $25 for non-members in advance, $30 at the door and includes food and open bar.

To purchase tickets please visit For more information please contact Outreach & Promotions Coordinator, Nicole Brown at or call 248-288-2004

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Whitney’s Neighborhood Gathering is a Success!

Last Wednesday The Whitney hosted its first Neighborhood Gathering with all of its favorite friends in Midtown. Strolling hors’deurves- crispy crab cakes, chicken skewers with our special sauce, grilled brie cheese sandwiches- were gobbled up as guests also enjoyed The Whitney’s Signature Summer Mojitos. Representatives from all of the major cultural institutions, universities and the DMC were in attendance. It was a great opportunity for this key Midtown Detroit group to be together and The Whitney felt privileged to be at the center of it all.

Friday, July 10, 2009

2009 Sumer VIP Jet Set Event

The Whitney is excited announce the Exclusive 2009 Summer V.I.P. Jet Set event set for Saturday, July 11, 2009. The event honors NFL hometown hero T.J. Lang of the Green Bay Packers and welcomes special guest NFL hometown hero, Jason Jones of the Tennessee Titans.

Entertainment includes: a live performance by R&B artist Princeton; house, techno and R&B music spun by DJ BDUBZ Walker, as well as DJ Alexander and Detroit Pistons House DJ Earl Mixxin McKinney. In between sets, national stand up comedian RubenRuben will give a live comedy performance.

WBC welterweight titleholder Andre Berto, who will soon face-off with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., is flying in from Miami to join in the star-studded event. Other special guests include Music Mogul Tony Sutton of VVS Records from Miami and R Phophet formally of Nappy Roots. But wait there’s more, a silent auction will be offered throughout the evening will have jewelry from Metals in Time, sports memorabilia, and artwork from local artists.

$10 gets you in the door! Rush Communiqué and event planner Laura Deljanin of Laurette Designs of Birmingham is hosting this event.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Whitney Restaurant has officially opened their gardens for lunch, dinner and happy hour!

Warm weather means al fresco dining and garden cocktails. In addition to a new lighter fare menu for lunch visit the Whitney throughout the week for a rotating schedule of special events including:

"Twilight Tuesday's" featuring DJ Captain 20

The 89X Garden Parties from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday's

"Feel Good Friday's" from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday

Also don’t miss the “Motown Sunday Brunch", every Sunday. This buffet style meal features the best in Motown musical hits.

Visit for more information and menu options.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Woodward Avenue Action (WA3) Features The Whitney in its WoodWORD Newsletter:

"Another big winner in the Hour Detroit Best of Issue on newsstands now was the historic Whitney Restaurant, owned by Bud Liebler was voted best restaurant for Dinner before the Theater among their three honors. The Whitney was also voted the best pre-theater dinner spot by the readers of Metro Times in their annual best of issue. Visit for more information on special events, their "Motown Brunch" and more."

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Garden Family Hootenanny

Invite your family (and friends) to enjoy an afternoon in The Whitney’s beautiful garden oasis in Midtown Detroit on Sunday, July 12th from 3pm- 5pm for the first ever Garden Family Hootenanny! Families can enjoy music from The Mydols and Cello-Bella as well as kids activities and crafts. The Whitney's delicious garden bistro menu and full beverage service will also be offered. Adult admission is $10 and kids are FREE!

Please make reservations by Wednesday July 8, 2009 by contacting Emily Driscoll at 313.832.5700 or

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wendell is Back in MidTown!

When was the last time you drove through Midtown and caught a glimpse of a garden gnome kicking back and sipping a dirty martini? If you have driven past The Whitney on Woodward in the last two weeks you would have seen the return of Wendell – The Whitney’s garden gnome. Although Wendell made his debut last year (on the Northeast corner of Woodward and Canfield), he is back and happier than ever that its summer in Michigan and that The Whitney gardens are officially open!

But wait, that’s not the only sign that’s new! Have you also noticed that The Whitney has a gorgeous new sign out front? We decided to do some Spring cleaning and took down the burgundy awning in our driveway. We didn’t want to block the beautiful view of the mansion any longer but instead wanted showcase a cleaner and more updated sign in front of the house on the fence.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Midsummer Nights in Midtown – June 19th

The Whitney is proud to announce its participation on Friday, June 19th in Detroit’s NEW summer series for Midtown Detroit - Midsummer Nights in Midtown.

The Guggenheim Grotto, a Dublin/Ireland duo will kick off the evening at 8pm with their folk samplings and pop melodies, followed by Oscar Lopez, a world renowned Latin guitarist at 10pm.

Come join us and enjoy great music, good company, drink specials and the much anticipated Whitney Garden menu.

For more information visit:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer Fun in The City

During the month of May, The Whitney will offer it’s first-ever two-for-one entrees Tuesdays - Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Happy Hour specials will be offered in the popular new Ghost Bar or our colorful garden oasis also from 5 to 7 p.m.

A variety of live DJs and bands will entertain guests Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. A list of our live entertainment will be posted here weekly.

“Motown Brunches” will continue inside or out (rain or shine) on Sundays from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Whitney is also offering lighter fare on its luncheon menu and is introducing a new and more complete low cost casual dining menu in its gardens. Feel free to call the restaurant or stop in for more information.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Unveiling of the Art of Style: Haute Couture Fashion Collides with Art

The William Malcolm Luxe Collection and The Luxe Code magazine will be unveiled on Tonight at the Ghost Bar from 6pm to 9pm. Fashion mavens, artists, musicians, business professionals and entrepreneurs will take over the exclusive Ghost Bar lounge at The Whitney for this prestigious event.

Highlighting Metro Detroit artists, several collections will be on display along with the musical accompaniment of classic violin and piano. The evening will unite several communities including: Tastemakers of Metro Detroit, artists, musicians, fashion aficionados, business professionals and entrepreneurs and will provide a great opportunity for power networking.

Please RSVP to: Jessica Pipkins,, 313.779.5446.

Friday, May 1, 2009

You Don’t Want to Miss This!!!

Our “Dining in the D” package is the perfect experience for culture and history buffs.

The package links two celebrated Detroit historic landmarks: The Whitney restaurant and the Inn on Ferry Street. This getaway package for two includes a beautifully appointed room at one of the four restored 1890’s Victorian homes that comprise the Inn and a four-course dinner for two with a bottle of house wine at the 1894 Whitney mansion for only $295- price includes the tip for dinner. This package was recently featured in the Detroit News.

Please read the entire article to discover ALL the details regarding this wonderful weekend getaway here:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and The Whitney’s elegant brunch is already filling up!!!! Bring your Mother and your family and friends and join us Sunday, May 10th from 10:30am thru 4:00pm for a Mother's Day experience you won't soon forget. Please call 313.832.5700 to make your reservation today! Reservations are also available on-line at

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dressing our Sunday Best for a Delicious Easter Brunch!

Don't miss out on having your Easter Brunch with us!! Reservations are filling up fast - call 313-832-5700 to reserve your spot today! The price is $34 per person and includes an upscale buffet, made to order omelets, all non-alcoholic beverages and endless mimosas!

The Whitney’s Sunday Brunch Buffets are now our most popular attraction. After Easter, join us in celebrating 50 years of Motown each Sunday for The Whitney’s Motown Brunch! This fresh new brunch concept features all of Motown's greatest hits!

Brunch is served from 11:00am-2:30pm every Sunday! Reservations can be made online at or by calling 313-832-5700.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Vegetables are Taking Over in MidTown!

The Whitney recently launched its latest Chef’s Tasting Menu back in the beginning of March, but what’s different about this tasting menu is that it is catered towards Vegetarians and Vegans. Everything from Roasted Vegetable Terrine wrapped in Basil with 25 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar to Braised Turnip with Golden Raisin, Vegetable Strewn Quinoa with Red Wine Reduction is offered and served in the iconic mansion and complimented with extraordinary service. To add to the excitement of the new Chef’s Tasting Menu, VegMichigan’s April 2009 Newsletter featured an article about The Whitney. To read the article please visit:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Final Four Edition of Feel Good Fridays @ The Whitney

The Whitney welcomes “Feel Good Fridays” - each and every Friday. Last Friday’s kickoff event attracted over 300 to the Ghost Bar. Join us this Friday as the lovely ladies of host The Final Four Edition of Feel Good Fridays at The Whitney’s Ghost Bar from 10pm-2am. DJ Kutz, Michigan State’s #1 DJ will be spinning while patrons will enjoy the one of a kind ambiance of the iconic Whitney restaurant. Come dressed to impressed and... Sparty on!

You never know who you might run in to…perhaps the ghost of David Whitney himself!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Plan Your Next Professional Gathering at The Whitney

Host your next pharmaceutical dinner for a group of 20 or more on a Tuesday evening at The Whitney and receive a $50 Visa Gift Card!

The Whitney restaurant is quickly becoming the preferred location for pharmaceutical presentations. The Whitney offers custom food and beverage packages to fit the needs and budget of pharmaceutical companies. We offer private rooms that are ideal for parties of all sizes. The Music Room, our most frequently requested private dining room, can accommodate up to 50 guests with audio visual equipment and projection screen. The Whitney's Drawing and Reception Rooms can accommodate up to 60 guests with 2 projection screens. The Whitney's stunning Dining Room accommodates up to 22 with AV equipment. The new third floor Ghost bar is the perfect venue to gather your guests for networking before or after the event and most importantly, The Whitney does not charge any space rental fees for private rooms. We also provide complimentary valet parking and coat check.

Recent pharmaceutical groups have commented that The Whitney's convenient location, outstanding food and impeccable reputation have proven to draw more guests than similar events at other venues. Please visit our website at, for more information on pharmaceutical menu packages and the restaurant floor plan. We welcome your personal visits or questions at any time.

Please call Nicole DeSalvio at (313) 832-5700.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Hour takes off April 1st!!

Spring is in the Air!

Drink specials will be available Tuesday through Friday from 5-7pm at the GhostBar AND in the garden- as another summer in our colorful "oasis in the city" is quickly approaching! This summer's line up is even more impressive than last with...
Twilight Tuesdays each and every week with DJ Captn20
our famous 89x garden parties every Thursday and
our monthly “One Night at The Whitney- The Summer Series” event with DJ Matt A!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Photos from Dennis Archer Jr.'s party!

Find yourself or others among the many party people at Dennis Archer Jr.'s recent birthday blowout bash at The Whitney by clicking the links below.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Whitney is abuzz with recent media coverage!

The Whitney has recently benefited from significant media attention from local newspapers, magazines, TV and radio. On March 4th, The Whitney was featured in both the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. While the Detroit News highlighted The Whitney's upcoming Ghost Hunters event (Friday, March 13th), the Detroit Free Press wrote an extensive article on our new vegetarian menu items and special tasting menu.

You can see the whole article here:
...or even better yet …come in and taste the menu for yourself!

On Saturday, February 28th, The Whitney welcomed TV film crews from local WDIV and WXYZ. The stations provided coverage from a private event that spanned all three floors of The Whitney. Additionally, event coverage is expected in an upcoming issue of Ambassador Magazine.

Finally, beginning on March 5th, The Whitney will be recognized for its support of WRCJ Detroit Public Radio (FM 90.9) with dozens of on-air mentions over a two week period.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7th: Cinematique II @ The Whitney

You are cordially invited to the legendary Whitney Mansion for the MI film industries hottest monthly soirée!

Join us for the latest happenings in sights & sounds and welcome Greg Russell, host and producer of Movie Show Plus. Greg is an Emmy award winning film critic/producer, who has been a fixture in television for over 25 years with his latest endeavor as host and producer the weekly celebrity interview and movie review show – Movie Show Plus.

Doors open at 9pm and the DJ starts spinning at 10pm. We encourage you to arrive early as there will be limited occupancy, but wait there’s more…there is cover charge and complimentary valet/coat check. Guests will also have the chance to participate in the special Wayne State Film Program charity networking VIP room. For VIP information please contact John Lauri at 248-417-2886 /

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Whitney mentioned in the Cincinnati Enquirer

Excerpts from the article that first ran Sunday February 22nd:

Detroit as a romantic destination is not as outrageous as you might think.

"Few people realize that Detroit has the second largest theater district in the country with over 13,000 theater seats in just a two-block radius," said Jeanette Pierce of Inside Detroit Tours. "There are over 120 bars and restaurants within the one-square mile of downtown and with a crime rate now 37 percent less than the national average, we feel very comfortable offering pub crawl tours, as well as historic walking and biking tours. "

For a truly romantic lunch or dinner, The Whitney is the height of elegance. The meticulously restored 52-room mansion of lumber baron, David Whitney Jr. has 20 fireplaces, 218 windows including some in original Tiffany stained-glass, period lighting and furnishings. As a merchant of lumber from Michigan forests and exotic foreign locations, he showcased the woods in exquisitely beautiful woodwork found through his mansion. "

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Whitney continues to host marquee events!

The Whitney and its renovated third floor Ghost Bar are quickly becoming the place to party! This past Saturday the mansion and upscale lounge was closed to the public to celebrate local media mogul, Dennis Archer Jr’s, 40th Birthday Bash. Archer's celebration drew over 600 friends and well-wishers to enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres and sip on Grey Goose Martini’s and Chilled Corzo Tequila.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Whitney Welcomes Back Lola Morales

Whether you missed her the first time or got the chance to see her and want to experience it all over again, you now have the chance…

Enjoy Lola Morales here in Detroit at The Whitney as she sets a sultry mood for your Saturday night on February 21st from 7pm to 10pm.

Lola, the Nicaraguan American chanteuse delivers a mix of Jazz classics and Latin Jazz and is eager to share the music from life on the road. Her smooth yet lively musical style has won her fans across the globe and now she hopes to win you!

But wait there’s more…immediately following Lola’s performance DJ Jenny LaFemme graces The Whitney’s Ghost Bar from 10pm-2am with her appreciation for rhythms, vocal syncopations and the attitude of music.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Love Conquers All…

Cupid’s arrow has sliced through the tough economic air in Detroit to sell out the city’s most romantic restaurant, The Whitney, for Valentine’s Day.

But don’t worry; reservations are still available for the special Valentine’s dinner for Friday, February 13 and for Valentine’s Day weekend Sunday Brunch with its famous “bottomless mimosa” February 15. Reservations are recommended.

But wait there’s more…Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without sweets. The Whitney will feature two signature heart shaped desserts: Detroit Opera Cake -- layers of almond cake, coffee butter-cream and chocolate ganache and The Whitney Carrot Cake -- carrot cake filled with white chocolate mousse, homemade graham crackers and carrot sorbet. There promises to be something for everyone’s sweet tooth.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Back By Popular Demand!

Its official – due to popular demand and rave reviews The Whitney will continue to serve the Obama menu through the month of February! The exclusive lunch menu will continue to celebrate our new President Barack Obama and now Black History month. The Obama menu has items ranging from $4 to $12 with 20 percent of every meal contributed to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Select items will also be available on The Whitney’s dinner menu.

A crowd favorite and anchoring the menu is the Obama family chili recipe that he serves to his own family, served over white rice with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream. Other items on the special menu include Southern Fried Chicken served with macaroni and cheese and a side of broccoli; Shrimp and Grits; Obama’s favorite burger with avocado; and an Oreo Cookie Cheesecake, reportedly the President’s favorite dessert and may I add- deeeeeelicous! A beverage of choice is another Obama favorite, Black Forest Berry Honest tea.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Whitney Ramps up Pharmaceutical Meals in 2009!

The Whitney has hosted numerous pharmaceutical groups in the past. 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.

The Rewards program offers Whitney Points at 5% of the bill amount. Like other restaurant programs, Whitney Points can be redeemed for food and drink. However, Whitney Points can also be redeemed for Visa Gift Cards, valid anywhere that accepts the Visa Card. Specifically, 500 Whitney Points can be redeemed for a $200 Visa Gift Card. The Visa Gift Card offers unprecedented freedom with your restaurant reward! Program rules and regulations are available at

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

Sunday Brunch with a Twist!

As the new Obama Administration takes over in Washington, Detroit, even more than the rest of the country, is experiencing extraordinarily difficult times and it’s important that we all pull together and help each other. The Whitney is offering neighborhood churches an opportunity for a first class social event that will bring parishioners together as a family while at the same time raising funds for their church.

The proposal is to offer a Sunday (excluding Easter and Mother’s Day) where the parishioners can enjoy The Whitney’s Signature Sunday Brunch at our regular rate of $38 per person ($15 for children 10 and under) with a portion of all proceeds being returned to the church. The Whitney offers outstanding food and great service in the most elegant surroundings in Detroit. Sunday brunches are our most popular activity and would offer the church an opportunity for personal social time with members of the congregation.

Valentine’s Day at The Whitney

Enjoy an award winning dinner on Valentine’s Day with the one you love.

The Whitney will be offering a special three course menu which includes a premium bottle of champagne with strawberries at your table for $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Be sure to join us after dinner on the Third Floor at the Ghost Bar, with Music by DJ Matt A.

No cover. For dinner reservations please call 313-832-5700.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Latin Jazz Echoes Through The Whitney

Lola Morales, the Nicarguan American chanteuse delivers a sultry mix of Jazz classics and Latin Jazz at The Whitney this Saturday, Jan 24. Back in Detroit after a 2 month tour in China, Lola is eager to share the music from life on the road. Her smooth yet lively musical style has won her fans across the globe. Enjoy Lola Morales here in Detroit as she sets the mood for your Saturday night.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Whitney Restaurant Now Features an Exclusive Chef's Table

Kick the winter blues at The Whitney’s Exclusive Chef’s Table for a night of gourmet food and wine tasting. The table, a beautiful "massive carved piece," was discovered in 2008 in the Whitney carriage house, and is now in David Whitney's study, seating up to ten people. The private room allows you and your guests complete privacy for the entire evening.

The “Chef’s Tasting Menu” is only available at the Chef’s Table and includes seven courses, each specially paired with a taste of The Whitney’s own wine collection. Chef Michael Lutes will personally describe each course and the wine that goes with it to you and your guests while your private wait staff accommodates your every need.

To see the Chef’s Tasting Menu, please visit or call Emily Driscoll at (313) 832-5700. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

The Whitney Announces Special Obama Menu

It’s Obama Time in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States and the world. And at The Whitney restaurant in Detroit.

Starting on Inauguration Day, January 20, The Whitney will add a special menu of Obama favorite foods to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African American to be elected President. The exclusive lunch menu, with items ranging from $4 to $12, will be offered January 20 – 31 with 20 percent of every Obama menu meal contributed to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Select items also will be available on The Whitney’s dinner menu.

The Obama menu has been selected from a series of accredited articles and websites listing the President-elect’s favorite foods. It will be anchored by the Obama family chili recipe that he serves to his own family, served over white rice with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream. Other items on the special Obama menu include Southern Fried Chicken and macaroni with broccoli, shrimp and grits, Obama’s favorite burger, and Oreo Cookie Cheesecake, reportedly the President-elect’s favorite dessert. The beverage of choice will be another reported Obama favorite, Black Forest Berry Honest tea. Reservations are suggested for Inauguration Day lunch.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Auld Lang Syne!

Happy New Year! The Whitney celebrated the New Year with over 1,000 guests New Year’s Eve - two weekend weddings and another 400 diners over the weekend toasting the New Year and hoping beyond hope that it will be better for Detroit than the old one left behind! Watch this site for future special events and special offers geared to luring you back to the restaurant, the Ghost Bar and, later this year, to our gardens. (Yes, Virginia, the snow will stop falling and the gardens will bloom!) We know the economy’s tough in Detroit and the challenges many. We want to make The Whitney a place where guests can come to relax and get away from it all with food, drink and entertainment you’ll enjoy and at prices you can afford. We look forward to making The Whitney your home away from home and helping to make 2009 a better year for all.