The Whitney’s “Cityfest” is back for a second year with ten days of events celebrating ‘spirited dining’ in the D.

The Whitney, Midtown Detroit’s 19th-century mansion-turned-restaurant, hosts its second annual “Cityfest,” a 10-day “Celebration of Spirited Dining,” from Sept. 13-23. The celebration includes 12 individual events ranging from an opening night “Brewer’s Feast” and an already sold-out “Senior Prom,” to a closing night black-tie-optional “Legacy Dinner” honoring 100-year-old Detroit Jewish News food and restaurant writer Danny Raskin.

Last year’s Cityfest event attracted more than 1,000 diners and contributed more than $5,000 to local charities.

“Cityfest is a one-of-a-kind celebration in Detroit,” said the Whitney’s owner Bud Liebler. “It gives us an opportunity to showcase all we do at the Whitney from the great food and service we provide to the unique ambiance that only the Whitney can offer. The variety of events we produce offers something to appeal to every taste and interest and brings people into the city who might not otherwise come.”

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Cityfest Schedule

Sept. 13 – “Brewer’s Feast,” an introduction to “Flora’s Kiss” lavender lager and a trip to Atwater Brewery for a tour and first tasting of Flora’s Kiss and of Atwater’s new “Ghost of David Whitney” pale ale.
Sept. 14 – New England Lobster Feast, a family-style lobster bake with live music and dancing.
Sept. 15 – “Art, Bubbles & Brunch” celebrating Detroit’s lively arts scene with a docent-led tour of Eastern Market’s second annual “Murals in the Market” outdoor art exhibition followed by Bloody Marys, Mimosas and a hearty Whitney brunch.
Sept. 15 – “Dining with the Spirits,” a special-edition paranormal dinner featuring a “Witching Hour” welcoming reception and dining throughout the Whitney mansion. Paranormal tours led by Haunt Investigations of Michigan.
Sept. 16 – “Honey Bee” dinner with honeycomb appetizers and a four-course dinner and live music hosted by St. Ambrose Winery and Schram’s Meadery.
Sept. 17 – “Dinner with The Whitneys,” an elegant Downton Abbey-themed dinner party with three courses in the restaurant’s main dining rooms followed by two courses “with the staff.” After-dinner brandy for the gentlemen, tea and pastries for the ladies, and live string accompaniment for all.
Sept. 18 – “B-4. Bourbon, Beer, Bar-b-cue and Brawlers” with live entertainment (and dancing) with the Brunswick Brawlers and a “Smokin & Jokin” cigar afterglow for those who so choose in the garden.
Sept. 19 – “Broadway on Woodward,” a VIP garden party benefitting Michigan Opera Theatre with MOT singers performing the greatest hits from Broadway and the opera. Complimentary champagne bar.
Sept. 20 – Ladies’ Night – The Whitney’s executive chef Natasha Vitti will create a special Ladies’ Night dinner, “creative cuisine with a feminine touch,” in celebration of some of Michigan’s best-known female trend setters. Wine, craft cocktails and specialty pastries will be featured.
Sept. 21 – “Autumn, Apples and Tea” – the Whitney tea hostess Mary Jones offers a salute to the season with a variety of apple-based teas, ciders and warm cocktails. Guests will receive seasonal recipes and a special gift.
Sept. 21 – “Senior Prom!” – Celebrating the “over-50 crowd” and already sold out, Senior Prom offers champagne, hors d’ouvres, a dessert buffet and dancing to live music by Jelly & The Jams. A 2019 prom king and queen will be crowned.
Sept. 22 – Cityfest Legacy Dinner – This special salute to 100-year-old, longtime Detroit Jewish News food and restaurant critic Danny Raskin will include a champagne reception, strolling dinner, open bar and live entertainment throughout the Whitney mansion.

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