Business Briefs for August 13, 2019

Pastry Chef Jessica Craig

Verneuille 2020 Winner of NYSSCPA Outstanding CPA Award

Janet T. Verneuille of Noyac has been named the 2020 winner of The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) Outstanding CPA Industry Award.

Ms. Verneuille, a Hofstra University graduate, is The First National Bank of Long Island’s executive vice president and chief risk assessment officer. She is also a Noyac Civic Council board member.

Almond Restaurant and L&W Market Welcome New Pastry Chef Jessica Craig

Almond Restaurant & Bar and L&W Market in Bridgehampton have announced the addition of a new pastry chef to the team, Jessica Craig.

Long Island native Ms. Craig graduated from NYIT with a culinary arts degree and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in hospitality management. Following graduation, Ms. Craig dove right into pastry cook positions and gained invaluable hands-on experience. After working with Belgian Master Chef Steven de Bruyn, Ms. Craig honed her skills at various restaurants on Long Island before finding herself at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, where she began as a pastry sous chef in 2009, and ran the dessert program for the Honest Man Restaurant Group until 2013. Ms. Craig then became the executive pastry chef at L’Artusi Restaurant in New York City, where she oversaw the pastry program for Epicurean Group.

She has been featured in the James Beard event Chefs and Champagne, been a guest on Communal Table Food & Wine Podcast with Kat Kinsman and One-Woman Kitchen with Rozanne Gold, was a contestant on Viceland’s Bong Appetite in spring 2019, and was a guest on the dessert episode of Food Network’s Chopped in spring 2020. Signature items to look for from Chef Craig include lemon blueberry muffins, salted pretzel blondie, and individual blueberry galettes. Visit for the full dessert menu.

Polkadot England Comes to Relax Hampton

Polkadot England, a women and children’s sleep and loungewear brand developed by Rachel Doneger and Debra Schoenau, mother-daughter business partners who call the South Fork of Long Island home, is available at Relax, 150 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

The brand’s soft fabrics are made from a unique blend of special yarns and are manufactured in the English countryside 100 miles outside of London at a one of a kind factory with rare heritage knitting mills. Polkadot England is the private label of retail store, Relax.

The brand is also committed to charitable giving and since the pandemic has supported a variety of nonprofits. This month, a portion of proceeds from sales will benefit The Retreat, the only nonprofit that provides resources and support for victims of domestic violence on the East End, as well as preventative education in local school districts. In April, they also produced beautiful safety face masks that were in high demand during the start of the pandemic. Creating masks enabled them to employ local freelancers who are out of work, and a portion of proceeds from each mask is donated to River Fund.

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