First off, the food world lost a gourmet pioneer last week. Bonnie Lynn Tempesta, credited with introducing the biscotti to the American food scene in the 1980s, died on Sept. 25 in her Sonoma home. After founding La Tempesta Bakery Confections in the Bay Area in 1982,, she became the largest biscotti producer in America, selling to Neiman Marchus, Starbucks, Macy’s and Dean and Deluca. The entrepreneur sold her business in 1997, devoting her life to art, animals and a program for disadvantaged youth. In 2012, she started a small, philanthropic baking company in Kenwood named Boncora, donating a portion of every sale to her favorite cause, Pets Lifeline of Sonoma Valley.
Moving on from Woodfour Brewing is Jamil Peden. The creative chef, whose resume includes Petite Syrah and Healdsburg’s Campo Fina, says he doesn’t yet have any plans, but welcomes the change. You’ll still find him at Woodfour’s Monday Ramen pop-up, Ramen Gaijin. There are some whispers about the new chef, who we hear is coming from a highly-respected Marin restaurant, but no official word yet.
A hearty hellooooo to the forthcoming Yeti Restaurant, slated to open in the former Lyon’s near the intersection of Farmer’s Lane and Hwy. 12 in Santa Rosa. Yeti has been a popular Himalyan/Indian restaurant in Kenwood for several years, with some of the best naan BiteClub’s ever had. More details on when they’ll arrive soon.