Picking up Stix again . . . The past few weeks have been something of a homecoming for Shane Siegler, who recently returned to Stix Bar and Grill (8377 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls; 440-543-7849) as the restaurant's new executive chef. The 18-year veteran of victuals was most recently doing his duty at Gaylin's Tavern in Lyndhurst, but says he enjoys being back in the kitchen that he once shared with Stix's former co-owners, Susie Heller (now a writer and restaurant consultant in Napa Valley) and Charlie Saccardi (regional chef for the Hyde Park Restaurant Group and soon-to-be top gun at the new Blake's Grill in Chagrin Falls). Siegler and Stix owner Nick Karakas have big plans for the menu, including tweaking a number of the restaurant's popular salads and appetizers, adding more seafood, and creating a larger assortment of homemade desserts. While Stix is well-known for its wood-smoked ribs and chicken, Siegler plans to delve into the delights of various flavored woods and begin smoking more exotic items, from duck to seafood. The new menu should be in place by the end of May. Meantime, you can sample Siegler's style this weekend at Mother's Day brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or dinner (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.).
South African Night . . . Brandywine Catering will kick off its seasonal Winemaker Dinners on Friday, May 19, with a seven-course meal matched with assorted South African wines. The menu includes marinated and grilled ostrich served with Zonnebloem Merlot, lightly curried lamb chops accompanied by Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon, and poached fruit Napoleons paired with Fleur du Cap Noble late harvest dessert wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, and costs an all-inclusive $65 per person; for reservations, call 330-467-2242 by May 15.
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