- Sep 21, 2016
Northbrook’s newest downtown restaurant at 1363 Shermer will feature casual and affordable signature dishes developed over the years by owner and renown Chicago chef Steve Chiappetti. Steve and wife Leslie, Northbrook residents, are working hard on the finishing touches preparing for the restaurant to open this month.
Both bring their long history of restaurant ownership and management to their new farm to table venture. DrumStix Market will feature chicken, meat and side dishes created by Steve that can be enjoyed right at the restaurant, or carried out. Chiappetti has spent 20 years perfecting many of the recipes, particularly his chicken dishes at other restaurants throughout the Chicago area.
The restaurant name reflects not only the poultry theme, but their son’s interest in the other kind of drumsticks – musical. Music, particularly Chicago blues, will be an important part of the restaurant ambiance, notes Leslie.
The style will be casual, in a homey, comfortable atmosphere, according to the couple. In addition to the dinner menu, they hope to eventually serve lunch during the week, breakfast on the weekends and also offer catering. The restaurant hours will start off as 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Chiappettis moved to Northbrook six years ago and were excited to find the available space for their newest venture right in their own backyard. “We are thrilled to live and work in Northbrook,” states Leslie, who said they decided against another North Shore location in favor of the space on Shermer Road. “We love Northbrook’s diversity, open spaces and everything about the community.”
DrumStix will include four to six unique dishes under each heading: Meat (chicken and ribs), Grabbers (burger and brisket), Farmer’s Market, (vegetables with a variety of dressings and chicken salad), Veggie Market (variety of root vegetables, coleslaw) Pan Cooking (roast beef, cheesy, pork and veggie mac) Potatoes (chicken fat gravy fries OMG) and My Sugar (3 desserts) Most items are under $10.
Currently Steve is chef and consultant for Elawa Farm, a restored gentleman’s farm and garden in Lake Forest. A Chicago native, Steve Chiappetti comes from five generations of butchers on each side of his family. His family name is behind Chicago’s oldest slaughter and packinghouse, Chiappetti Lamb and Veal, which after 51 years of business is the last remaining slaughterhouse in the Chicago Stockyards. “It’s a dream to bring in the Chiappetti meats to a family-owned restaurant,” notes Leslie. Steve’s Mom is also a gourmet chef and will play a role in running the restaurant.
Steve forged his own unique style of cooking with a mixture of formal training (Culinary School at Kendall College) and hands-on experience, including stints at the Ritz-Carlton, Spiaggia and the prestigious Cunard Liner. Part of his training was in France competing for the Bocuse D’Or representing the USA in the highest culinary competition in the world.
As a chef and entrepreneur, Chiappetti went on to blaze his own trail, opening a string of successful, highly acclaimed restaurants including Grapes, a three-star Mediterranean cafe and funky neighborhood place with a colorful dining room. He later joined forces with the Chicago Symphony to open Rhapsody, a three-star contemporary American bistro, then consulted on the Freehling Room, the private donor’s club at Ravinia Festival. He is also a “Today Show” regular and Disney Food Wine Festival chef.