Garden Terrace Tasting | Valentine

RESCHEDULED | Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Party | August 2, 2013 | 6:00pm  – No little power-outage is going to stop The Rattlesnake! We’re thrilled to bring you Valentine’s Day in August – we hope all those who were planning to join us on July 10th will be able to attend!

The Rattlesnake team is thrilled to present a fun, summer-inspired cocktail tasting party featuring Ferndale’s own Valentine Distilling Co! You’ve had their vodka, maybe you’ve even tried the lovely White Blossom, but did you know they  make two different gins and a whiskey, too? We went straight to the source to taste, learn about, and sample these award-winning spirits and have created a craft cocktail tasting like no other. Add our chefs grilling up small plates right on the Terrace with you, live music, refreshing summer breezes and our lush oasis-in-the-big-city and you will not want to miss this event! Enjoy 5 cocktail samplers alongside 5 small plates for only $40 per person (plus tax and tip). Reservations/RSVP are required. Please contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or Click here to RSVP online.

Featured Cocktails:

  • Lavender Lemonade – made with Valentine Vodka
  • ‘Snake Blossom – made with Valentine White Blossom
  • Cucumber Liberator – made with Liberator Gin
  • Barrel-Aged “Sweet Tea” – made with Barrel-Aged Liberator Gin
  • Woodward Sour – made with Woodward Ltd. Whiskey

See you at The ‘Snake!




Garden Terrace Tasting | Rieslings

Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 6:00pm – The versatile Riesling grape is well-known to lovers of Michigan wines.  Riesling is vinified in several different regions and several different styles! We’re celebrating Michigan’s favorite grape varietal with samples of 8 Rieslings from Michigan, France, Germany, Austria, California and Washington.  Live-grilled small plates will be paired with the wines along with live music and our picturesque Garden Terrace! $40 per person, plus tax & tip. Reservations are required. Please contact Alexandria Franz 313-567-4400 or RSVP on-line here.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Wachau, Riesling ‘Terrassen’ Federspeil,Wachau,  Austria 2009
  • Bott Freres, Riesling ‘Reserve Personelle’, Alsace, France 2007
  • Leitz, Riesling ‘Eins Zwei, Dry’ Rheingau, Germany 2012
  • Three Wines, Riesling’ Sweetwater Ranch’, Russian River, California 2010
  • NxNW Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington 2011
  • Left Foot Charley, Riesling ‘Missing Spire,’ Grand Traverse, Michigan 2012
  • Wehrheim, Riesling Kabinett, Niersteiner Oelberg, Rheinhessen, Germany 2010
  • Maximinhof, Riesling Spatlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany 2007


Garden Terrace Tasting | Craft Beers

Wednesday | July 24, 2013 | 6:00pm – It’s Summer Beer Festival week and we’re getting the party started early with our Craft Beer Tasting! Sample nine incredible brews from the Great Beer State (Michigan!!) and beyond paired with live-grilled small plates, hot live music and cool river breezes. The event is only $40 per person (plus tax & tip) and reservations are required.

Beer Line-Up

  • Short’s Czech Pilsner “Pontius Pilsner” | Bellaire, MI
  • Avery Belgian Witte “White Rascal” | Boulder, CO
  • Anderson Valley Wheat “Summer  Solstice” | Boonville, CA
  • Greenbush Pale Ale “Closure” | Sawyer, MI
  • Lagunitas IPA | Petaluma, CA
  • Rogue Maibock “Dead Guy” | Newport, OR
  • Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale | Rehoboth, DE
  • Victory Triple “Golden Monkey” | Downington, PA
  • Breckenridge Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout “72” | Breckenridge, CO

Chef’s Cooking Class

Saturday | July 20, 2013 | 2:00pm  – Join Chef Chris on the Terrace for a summer-friendly menu full of fun grilled treats! You’ll learn all you need to know to host the best backyard grill-out in the neighborhood. Chef’s instruction – the more hands-on, the better – comes complete with a recipe packet to take home. Then, you’ll enjoy your creations paired with beer & wine after all your hard work! $60, plus tax & gratuity.



  • Grilled Romaine & Spiced Bacon Skewers with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Grilled Flatbread with Smoked Salmon, Red Pepper and Arugula
  • Aged Cheddar & Onion stuffed Sirloin Burgers with Tarragon Scented Russian Dressing
  • Grilled Chile-Lime Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Grilled Vanilla Pound Cake with Lemon-Strawberry Coulis

Reservations are required and space is very limited! Please contact Alexandria Franz at x6226 or to secure your seat.



Garden Terrace Tasting | Brys Estate

Up North in The D | Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery | July 17, 2013 | 6:00pm  – It’s a never-ending quest to bring the best-of-the-best to you and our Michigan-inspired Terrace Tasting is just another example! We are proud to present one of Old Mission’s finest – Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and are even more thrilled that Patrick Brys & Erick Outcalt – Brys’ dynamic duo – will be joining us! Family-owned and operated, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery is as picturesque as it high-quality. Under winemaker Coenraad Stassen, Brys Estate has earned more than 225 medals in national and international wine competitions. Their tasting room is a must-visit for every northern Michigan traveler – don’t forget to check out their first-class guest accommodations, too! We are so excited to bring this “Up North” experience to The D alongside our chef’s expertly paired grilled bites, live music, cool river breezes and much more!  Enjoy samples of 8 different wines with 5 small plates for only $40 per person (plus tax and tip). Reservations are required. Please contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or

Featured Wines:

  • Riesling/Gris ‘12
  • Pinot Grigio ‘12
  • Naked Chardonnay ’12
  • Dry Riesling ’12
  • Pinot Noir ‘11
  • Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot ’11
  • Pinot Noir/Riesling ’12
  • NEW RELEASE – Riesling ’12 (just won GOLD at a California wine competition)

See you at The ‘Snake!


Garden Terrace Tastings

Wednesdays | June 5th-August 21st – Welcome balmy breezes, along with the sweet sounds and scents of the season, on the Rattlesnake Club’s lush Garden Terrace this summer. The popular, summer-long tasting series will begin on Wednesday, June 5th with “Summer Sparklers,” featuring samples of eight-to-ten sparkling wines paired with small plates and live music. The wines will also be available for retail purchase.

Our Garden Terrace Tastings are part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. Each tasting will have a unique theme. Executive Chef Chris Franz and Chef de Cuisine Jeff Lanctot will work with each of Sommelier Maria Papp’s selections to create a small plates menu highlighting the wines. The chefs will be grilling many of the items on the Terrace, a feature always popular with chefs and guests alike.

Tasting events begin at 6:00 pm and are $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Subsequent Garden Terrace Tasting event dates and themes are:

June 19th – Dreaming of the Seine – French Rosés & More
June 26th – Caliente! Spain’s Hottest Wines
July 10th – “Valentine’s Day” in July – Cocktail Party
July 17th – Up North in The D – Brys Estate, Old Mission
July 24th – Summer’s Best Craft Brews
July 31st – Rieslings of the World
August 7th – The Softer Side of Red
August 14th – Sommelier’s Choice
August 21st – Best of the Summer Party

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Michele Chiarlo | Tuscany

Wednesday | May 22, 2013 | 6:00pm –  The Michele Chiarlo style has always been that of producing highly elegant and complex wines, with a propensity to excellent longevity. To achieve these results, they have always first considered the layout of vineyards in hilly zones and in excellent terroir for every single variety.  We are thrilled to welcome this Piedmont gem to Detroit!

$80 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations required; please contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or to reserve.


Reception:  Capolsaldo Prosecco NV

Chef’s Choice Tiny Taste Adventures


First:  Michele Chiarlo Gavi “Le Marne” 2010

Pan-Roasted Alaskan Halibut

Yuzu and Fennel Slaw, Ginger Cream, Crispy Ginger


Second:  Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti “Le Orme” 2010

Pepper-Crusted Grilled Tuna Steak

Spring Pea and Morels Ragout, Marjoram Essence


Third:  Michele Chiarlo Barolo “Tortoniano” 2007

Allspice-Rubbed Seared Tenderloin of Prime Beef

Dandelion and Gorgonzola Ravioli, Frizzled Beets


Fourth:   Michele Chiarlo Nivole Mocasto d’Asti 2011

Grilled Fresh Apricot

Moscato Glaze, Melted St. André, Pistachio Crunch


Rattlesnake Press Pot Coffees

Chef’s Cooking Class

Saturday | May 18, 2013 | 2:00pm –  Join Chef Chris in the kitchen for a Happy Hour party where you’ll learn all you need to know to host “Happy Hour” for all your friends! Start with instruction in the kitchen – the more hands-on, the better – complete with a recipe packet to take home. Once the dishes are complete, you’ll enjoy your creations paired with beer & wine.

$60, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are required and space is very limited! Please contact Alexandria Franz at x6226 or to secure your seat!

  • Rosemary & Thyme Pita Chips with Spinach-Yogurt Dip
  • Roasted Plum Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta, Fresh Herbs and Prosciutto
  • Mediterranean Spiced Chicken Kabobs with Preserved Lemon
  • Quinoa Stuffed Portobellos
  • Smokey Bacon Wrapped Dates with Asiago Cheese
  • Triple Chocolate Fritters with Mango Sorbet, Cherry Reduction

Chateau de Leelanau | Michigan

Tuesday | April 30, 2013 | 6:30pm – April is Michigan Wine Month! Celebrate with one of Michigan’s many renowned wineries and winemakers! We are thrilled to present Matt Gregory, winemaker at Chateau de Leelanau, for a very local edition of our Wines of the World Dinner Series!

Family owned and family farmed, Chateau de Leelanau’s award-winning wines ensure a true taste of Leelanau in every sip. Join us and the always-entertaining Matt for an exclusive evening!


Reception: Riesling, Harvest Select 2010 | Leelanau
Chef’s Choice Tiny Taste Adventures

First: Bianca 2011 | Leelanau
Pan-Seared Atlantic Halibut
Spring Pea and Red Ginger Cream, Crispy Ginger Salad

Second: Solem Farm Red | Leelanau
BBQ Dry Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Creamy Polenta, Marjoram Essence, Pork Belly Cracklin’s

Third: Pinot Noir 2010 | Leelanau
Black Cherry and Porter Braised Beef Short Ribs
Roasted Baby Carrots, Saved Fennel Salad

Fourth: Cherry Wine | Leelanau
Triple Chocolate Fritters
Mango and White Chocolate Gelato, Cherry Wine Reduction

Rattlesnake French Press Coffees

$65, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.  Please contact Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 x6226 or to reserve your seat!

Don’t forget! Purchase tickets to 3 of our Wines of the World Dinner Series events and you will receive 25% off the third dinner!

Penfolds | Australia

March 19, 2013 | 7:00pm – 


Our 25th Anniversary Dinner Series continues as we head down under to Australia! Penfolds, founded in 1844, has garnered worldwide acclaim for their wines from many regions of this beautiful country. Boasting vineyards in locations like Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonwarra, Penfolds’ strength comes from putting the wine first. Their range of wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.

We are excited to welcome Penfolds to The Rattlesnake Club!




Reception:  Peter Lehman Layers White 2010

Chef’s Choice Tiny Taste Adventures


First:  Penfolds Hyland Cool Climate Chardonnay 2008 | South Australia

Pecan Crusted Wild Halibut Grapefruit Butter Sauce, Crispy Ginger


Second:  Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre 2007 | South Australia

Herb-Cured Pork Tenderloin Hasselback Potato, Fennel Soubise, Fronds


Third:  Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2007 | Australia

Sumac and Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin Chop Cumin and Parsley Roasted Chick Peas, Minted Yogurt Drizzle


Fourth:   D’Arenburg The Stump Jump Sticky Chardonnay 2008 | Adelaide

Sticky Toffee Cake Housemade Orange Ice Cream, Spiced Apricots


Rattlesnake French Press Coffees


$80 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations required. Contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or


*Don’t forget! Purchase tickets to three of Wines of the World Dinners and you will receive 25% off the price of the 3rd dinner!*