Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 27 July 2013 00:00
Christopher and Stephanie DeMark would be a good couple to invite over to your next potluck. The couple has every type of dessert down to a gourmet art, and with over 40 flavors and two businesses between them, are sure to have something to please any palate with a sugar craving.
Christopher is the president of Dessert Solutions, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of European-style desserts. Their indulgent cakes, tortes, cobblers, and cheesecakes are sold to catering halls, restaurants and country clubs, as well as online at mydessertsolutions.com. He opened the business in 2006, after owning his own bakery and pastry shop in Garden City Park for seven years.
A year later he met Stephanie, an avid baker who was working in Manhattan doing marketing for a restaurant group. The two wed in 2011, and soon after, Stephanie opened New Yawk Baking Co.
A specialty cookie company, New Yawk Baking Co. has been a dream of Stephanie’s since childhood. With flavors like dulce de leche, peanut butta n’ jelly, chawcolate chunk, big apple caramel and the signature mishmosh (a blend of potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chucks, marshmallows and more), Stephanie’s cookies put a fun new twist on a popular treat.
“I wanted to launch a concept with unique flavors. We always say we couldn’t reinvent the cookie, but we could reinvent the flavors,” Stephanie said.
She sells her cookies at specialty markets in Manhattan and Long Island, including The Meat House in Roslyn and Natural Market in Garden City. They can also be ordered online at www.newyawkbakingco.com.
The couple says that while they work together, they definitely respect each other’s businesses.
“We appreciate the ideas we get off each other,” Stephanie said. “I appreciate his knowledge and I’m inspired by him and he’s done so much to help me grow and succeed. (We’ve) always wanted to do this, so we want to grow our dreams together and help each other.”
“We do work really well together,” Christopher says. “We always help each other and we’re open to suggestions, but Stephanie grows her own business and I grow my own business and we respect the boundaries of each other’s business.”
The couple works out of a commercial kitchen space on Linden Ave. in Westbury, which Christopher built in 2006. For the past six months the couple has been renting the commercial space out to other bakers, and in the future, the DeMarks say they hope to see the space being used around the clock every day.
“Most of the time, the space sits empty at night. We’re hoping to have someone here every night of the week,” Christopher said. “It’s a great opportunity and is one of the greatest things we’ve done since we’ve been here.”
Currently, only a couple of businesses use the space in the evening when Dessert Solutions and New Yawk Baking Co. are closed. The commercial bakery is fully equipped with a walk-in refrigerator, freezer, mixing equipment, revolving oven, six burner stove and maple top wood benches. Christopher says that renting out the fully equipped culinary incubator is a great way to network and help other businesses grow.
“It helps everybody,” Christopher said. “It doesn’t make sense not to do it. I had the opportunity to build the space, for me to share it with other people and help them start a food business and make their dream come true is incredibly rewarding.”
For more information about renting out the culinary kitchen space, contact Christopher at 516-333-4133.