The Pretentious Gourmet

The Pretentious Gourmet Fresh Baked Artisan Cookies available at Farmers Markets or by special order.

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To all of the amazing people who have supported The Pretentious Gourmet through the years, as you may have heard, we hav...
04/12/2020

To all of the amazing people who have supported The Pretentious Gourmet through the years, as you may have heard, we have a biological/political crisis happening and my little shop just isn't able to weather it. We will be closing down permanently on 26 Apr. I would like to thank you all for your support through the years.

I would especially like to thank Pat and all the volunteers at the Del Ray Farmers' Market. That is where I got my start seven years ago. I would also like to thank my former colleagues at the Workhouse Arts Center for supporting me when I was just starting out.

I will leave you all with one last picture of a red fox and a quote from the ending of A Tale of Two Cities, "I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence."

I'll be honest, I haven't been stocking my Chai Spice Mix these last few weeks and I've had a few people tell me I need ...
12/10/2019

I'll be honest, I haven't been stocking my Chai Spice Mix these last few weeks and I've had a few people tell me I need to change that bad behavior. So, I've got it back in stock! This mix of warm spices, similar to Apple Pie Spice, can be used in baking or added to tea or coffee. You can find it here at The Pretentious Gourmet!

Google recently sent this to us. It says "Google celebrates veteran-led businesses". Good timing, too! This month, we ce...
11/05/2019

Google recently sent this to us. It says "Google celebrates veteran-led businesses". Good timing, too! This month, we celebrate two years here in Occoquan. Did you know that this shop owes its existence to another veteran-led business? I am not exaggerating when I say 100% we are here because of Patriot Scuba. So, thank you to Patriot Scuba and thanks to everyone who helped make these last two years so successful!

The Pretentious Gourmet
08/11/2019

The Pretentious Gourmet

Most of you know about my bags of cookies. I sell most of my cookies in bags of four that has my fox eating a cookie on the label. But did you know that I have platter options? Yep! I can prepare platters of cookies anywhere from 16 cookies up to, well, my largest order has been 400 cookies. That was a lot of cookies! If you need a platter of cookies for an event, just let me know.

WALL O’TAFFY is fully stocked with many delicious flavors! Come visit the shop to create your perfect assorted concoctio...
08/10/2019

WALL O’TAFFY is fully stocked with many delicious flavors! Come visit the shop to create your perfect assorted concoction!

Our four rotational flavors are a fan favorite on this cool summer day! #pretentiousgourmet #icecream
08/10/2019

Our four rotational flavors are a fan favorite on this cool summer day! #pretentiousgourmet #icecream

08/04/2019

Cool off today with our New frozen lemonade! Available in three refreshing flavors:
Mango
Strawberry
Raspberry

Hey Fox Fans, are you on Nextdoor?  If so, could I get a favour?  I recently posted a poll to Nextdoor in both Alexandri...
08/02/2019

Hey Fox Fans, are you on Nextdoor? If so, could I get a favour? I recently posted a poll to Nextdoor in both Alexandria and Occoquan. It has to do with something called the Guaranteed Analysis, which has been a huge stumbling block for me as I try to bake dog treats. If you are on Nextdoor, would you mind looking for my poll and voting? Thank you!

Tomorrow, Occoquan is the place to be!  It's our annual Peep Show!  Come to Occoquan and spend the day shopping, dining,...
04/19/2019

Tomorrow, Occoquan is the place to be! It's our annual Peep Show! Come to Occoquan and spend the day shopping, dining, and looking at all the creative marshmallow Peep dioramas. You won’t believe what can be made with Peeps! You can even vote for your favorite & enter a drawing for a chance to win a Peep Swag Bag. You might even catch sight of the Easter Bunny hopping through town as you enjoy your day. I'm telling you, tomorrow, Occoquan is the place to be!

Photos from Ship 7916's Occoquan River Clean-Up, Spring '19.
04/16/2019

Photos from Ship 7916's Occoquan River Clean-Up, Spring '19.

Photos from Ship 7916's Occoquan River Clean-Up, Spring '19.

I made Mint Chocolate Chip cookes to have at my store in Occoquan and take to Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow morning a...
04/05/2019

I made Mint Chocolate Chip cookes to have at my store in Occoquan and take to Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow morning and I thought I would show you one of the tools of the trade. My Mint Chocolate Chip have pieces of crushed candy cane inside. How do they get crushed? A 3lb maul, of course! And yes, the maul is cleaned and sanitized before use. Come to Del Ray or to the shop to pick up our Mint Chocolate Chip, Apricot Pecan Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, or Chai Spiced cookies. Have a great weekend!

They said it couldn't be done, but our sign is back up!  Our sign has been knocked down countless times by wind, but it ...
03/28/2019

They said it couldn't be done, but our sign is back up! Our sign has been knocked down countless times by wind, but it is back and this time it is secured by two bars of 3/16 aluminum. If it comes down again, I think I may have to give up...

Here it is hanging in all it's glory next to Patriot Scuba's sign and Puzzle Palooza Etc.'s sign (which don't seem to blow down nearly as often as mine.)

Did you know that, even plastic that is put into a recycling container isn't always recycled? The only way to know for s...
03/06/2019

Did you know that, even plastic that is put into a recycling container isn't always recycled? The only way to know for sure that plastic will be recycled is to get it to the recycler. Patriot Scuba is doing just that. They have partnered with a recycler to recycle soft plastics, such as grocery bags, ziploc bags, etc. And they need your plastic bags! If you have plastic bags you want recycled, bring them to Patriot Scuba to get them recycled. I'm trying to help them as well, so if you take plastic to Patriot Scuba and they happen to be closed, drop it off at The Pretentious Gourmet. Thank you!

Looks like Winter has decided to stick around.  Meh, what do groundhogs know anyway?  One thing I do know is that The Pr...
02/22/2019

Looks like Winter has decided to stick around. Meh, what do groundhogs know anyway? One thing I do know is that The Pretentious Gourmet will be at Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow! I'll be there from 8:00am until noon with my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Double Chocolate Espresso, and Cranberry and White Chocolate Oatmeal recipes. I'll also have my dog cookies and a few pupcakes, cupcakes for dogs! Come on out tomorrow and join me at Del Ray!

It might be a little cold for ice cream tomorrow, but it should be perfect for cookies!  I'll be at Del Ray Farmers' Mar...
02/15/2019

It might be a little cold for ice cream tomorrow, but it should be perfect for cookies! I'll be at Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow morning from 8:00am until noon, and then at my shop in Occoquan from noon until 7:00pm with my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Apricot Pecan Oatmeal, and Double Chocolate Espresso recipes. Come see me either at Del Ray or in Occoquan and treat yourself to the best cookies on Earth!

It doesn't matter how cold it gets, Del Ray Farmers' Market will always be here, because we're crazy! But the weather fo...
02/02/2019

It doesn't matter how cold it gets, Del Ray Farmers' Market will always be here, because we're crazy! But the weather forecasters have promised us that it will get above freezing today, so we're looking forward to that! Anyway, I thought I would share a picture of all of us here chillin out.

I thought I would share this with you all.  This is how the Occoquan River looked when I came in to open my shop this mo...
01/24/2019

I thought I would share this with you all. This is how the Occoquan River looked when I came in to open my shop this morning.

Good news, Cookie Monsters!  I'll be at Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow morning.  I know there is the possibility of sn...
01/11/2019

Good news, Cookie Monsters! I'll be at Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow morning. I know there is the possibility of snow tomorrow, but I've heard that isn't supposed to be until afternoon, so there should be plenty of time to come to the market! I'll have my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Apricot Pecan Oatmeal, and Double Chocolate Espresso recipes with me. I'll also have my dog cookies and dog cupcakes. Come on out and visit me at the market!

Well, the weather might be a little rainy today, but I hear it is supposed to be better tomorrow.  Just in time for Del ...
12/28/2018

Well, the weather might be a little rainy today, but I hear it is supposed to be better tomorrow. Just in time for Del Ray Farmers' Market! I'll be out there with my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cranberry and White Chocolate Oatmeal recipes. And because so many people asked for it, I'll have my Rice Flour Chocolate Chip cookies as well. They are made without any Gluten ingredients. I'll also have my cookies and cupcakes for dogs! I hope to see you all tomorrow at Del Ray!

Good news, Cookie Monsters! My car is fixed. So I will be at everybody's favorite farmers market tomorrow, Del Ray Farme...
12/21/2018

Good news, Cookie Monsters! My car is fixed. So I will be at everybody's favorite farmers market tomorrow, Del Ray Farmers Market! I'll be there from 8 am until noon with my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Double Chocolate Espresso, and Cranberry and White Chocolate Oatmeal recipes. And if you're looking for a good present for your canine fur-riend. I'll also have my dog treats and my Holiday Pupper Tins. Come on by Del Ray Farmers Market or feel free to visit my shop in Occoquan. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

I received an order to bake a birthday cake for a pooch called Titan. I thought I would share with you a photograph of t...
12/14/2018

I received an order to bake a birthday cake for a pooch called Titan. I thought I would share with you a photograph of the cake I baked for him. I really hope he likes it! Happy Birthday, Titan!

I have some unfortunate news for all of you cookie fans out there. My car wouldn't start this morning and I can't figure...
12/14/2018

I have some unfortunate news for all of you cookie fans out there. My car wouldn't start this morning and I can't figure out what's wrong with it, so I'm not going to be able to make it to Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow. I was going to bring my chocolate chip, chai spiced, cranberry and white chocolate oatmeal, and mint chocolate chip recipes. I'll still have them available this weekend but they will be down at my store in Occoquan. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Most of you know about my bags of cookies.  I sell most of my cookies in bags of four that has my fox eating a cookie on...
12/13/2018

Most of you know about my bags of cookies. I sell most of my cookies in bags of four that has my fox eating a cookie on the label. But did you know that I have platter options? Yep! I can prepare platters of cookies anywhere from 16 cookies up to, well, my largest order has been 400 cookies. That was a lot of cookies! If you need a platter of cookies for an event, just let me know.

When I was just going to farmers markets, I was in the habit of having four feature cookie recipes each week.  Since I'v...
12/07/2018

When I was just going to farmers markets, I was in the habit of having four feature cookie recipes each week. Since I've opened my store in Occoquan, I've gotten out of that habit but I'm going to start doing that again. Tomorrow, I'll be at Del Ray Farmers' Market with my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cherry, Chocolate and Walnut recipes. These recipes will also be available this weekend at my store in Occoquan!

I have some pretty good people that help me run my store. In fact, they probably run it better than I do. So I decided t...
12/03/2018

I have some pretty good people that help me run my store. In fact, they probably run it better than I do. So I decided to take a vacation. I went on a tour of Mammoth Caves today. Here are some pictures but I'm not sure how will they all turn out since lighting was a little scarce.

I finally finish a new turned piece and I thought I would show it off. This is a Silver Maple plate that is turned Treen...
11/29/2018

I finally finish a new turned piece and I thought I would show it off. This is a Silver Maple plate that is turned Treenware style. This plate is not meant to be artistic, but instead copies the utilitarian style of turned wood during Virginia's colonial days. Because of this, if you look close, you can still see some tool marks and chattering in the wood. This plate is made to look like something you might find in a middle class home used as tableware for special occasions.

What do you get for the spouse who has everything? I'll  be honest, I don't know. But what do you get for the pup who ha...
11/26/2018

What do you get for the spouse who has everything? I'll be honest, I don't know. But what do you get for the pup who has everything? I have an answer for that! Fuzzy Paws Holiday Pupper Tins! Each tin has 4 pupper cookies inside. Our Pupper Tins are $6.99 each. Come on down to the shop and check them out!

As the weather turns colder, the popularity of one of my signature drinks, the hot chocolate float, really heats up! But...
11/14/2018

As the weather turns colder, the popularity of one of my signature drinks, the hot chocolate float, really heats up! But that's not all we have to get you through the cold season. This winter, we have coffee at The Pretentious Gourmet and that means we have Affogatos. "Affogato" means "drowned" in Italian and is the word they use for a coffee float. This evening, I made myself an affogato with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sprinkles. Come on down and I'll be more than happy to make one for you as well.

Last Saturday was my first day back at Del Ray Farmers' Market after a long absence, and I think things went pretty well...
10/26/2018

Last Saturday was my first day back at Del Ray Farmers' Market after a long absence, and I think things went pretty well! It was great to see so many friends again! I was told that I made one big mistake, however. I didn't bring any Cherry, Chocolate and Walnut cookies. Sorry about that! So, tomorrow I will be at Del Ray with my Cherry, Chocolate and Walnut, along with my Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, and Cranberry and White Chocolate cookies! I hope to see you all there!

I've got some fantastic news for everyone! As many of you know, The Pretentious Gourmet got its start at the farmers mar...
10/18/2018

I've got some fantastic news for everyone! As many of you know, The Pretentious Gourmet got its start at the farmers markets in Alexandria. When I first opened my shop in Occoquan, however, I had to stop going to the farmers markets. I was just too overwhelmed.

But, thanks to some excellent people helping me at the shop, things are not as crazy and I think I can go back to the farmers markets! I checked with the market manager of Del Ray Farmers' Market and she has agreed to let me come back! I will start this Saturday, so come on out to Del Ray and let's get reacquainted over a bag of the best cookies on Earth!

And for that, you get a picture of a happy fox!

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! If you're looking for me, I won't be at the ice cream shop today (The ice crea...
10/07/2018

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! If you're looking for me, I won't be at the ice cream shop today (The ice cream shop is open, I'm just not there today!). I'm actually down at River Mill Park at the great Chicken Battle Royale in support of the Occoquan Historical Society. If you're looking for me, come on down to River Mill Park to find me. And if you're not looking for me, you're just looking for great ice cream, feel free to drop by The Pretentious Gourmet.

I know everyone knows about our great ice cream and fantastic cookies, but we also have treats for our canine friends as...
10/04/2018

I know everyone knows about our great ice cream and fantastic cookies, but we also have treats for our canine friends as well! We now have Pupcakes! Peanut butter and carrot cupcakes for pups. Come on in and treat yourself and your canine friend as well!

The Pretentious Gourmet will be helping the Occoquan Historical Society with their Chicken Battle Royale on Oct 7th.  Do...
09/27/2018

The Pretentious Gourmet will be helping the Occoquan Historical Society with their Chicken Battle Royale on Oct 7th. Dolores from OHS just brought over my TShirt for the event, so I thought I would show it off to my fellow Occoquanians. For more information on the Chicken Battle Royale dinner, or to get tickets, please go to www.occoquanhistoricalsociety.org

Photography provide by Donna of Puzzle Palooza, Etc

Some amazing news!  I finally have a listing for The Pretentious Gourmet with Google!  When I first opened The Pretentio...
09/14/2018

Some amazing news! I finally have a listing for The Pretentious Gourmet with Google! When I first opened The Pretentious Gourmet, I couldn't get the business listed basically because Google had Occoquan a little gooned up. They wouldn't put a store where a store (according to their maps) already existed. I've worked with them for the past few months and finally got everything straight.

If you are so inclined, might I ask that you look for The Pretentious Gourmet on Google and let people know what you think of my little treat shop? I would very much appreciate it!

The weather people on the radio this morning said that we are under a heat advisory until 8:00pm tonight!  I really wish...
08/29/2018

The weather people on the radio this morning said that we are under a heat advisory until 8:00pm tonight! I really wish I could do something about the weather, but I can't. I can, however, make Milkshakes! Here is a freshly made strawberry milkshake fully loaded with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. I may not be able to do anything about the heat, but a milkshake isn't a bad alternative!

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305 Mill Street
Occoquan, VA
22125

Opening Hours

Monday 2pm - 7pm
Tuesday 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 12pm - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm

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(703) 346-9177

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To all of the amazing people who have supported The Pretentious Gourmet through the years, as you may have heard, we have a biological/political crisis happening and my little shop just isn't able to weather it. We will be closing down permanently on 26 Apr. I would like to thank you all for your support through the years. I would especially like to thank Pat and all the volunteers at the Del Ray Farmers' Market. That is where I got my start seven years ago. I would also like to thank my former colleagues at the Workhouse Arts Center for supporting me when I was just starting out. I will leave you all with one last picture of a red fox and a quote from the ending of A Tale of Two Cities, "I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence."
I'll be honest, I haven't been stocking my Chai Spice Mix these last few weeks and I've had a few people tell me I need to change that bad behavior. So, I've got it back in stock! This mix of warm spices, similar to Apple Pie Spice, can be used in baking or added to tea or coffee. You can find it here at The Pretentious Gourmet!
Google recently sent this to us. It says "Google celebrates veteran-led businesses". Good timing, too! This month, we celebrate two years here in Occoquan. Did you know that this shop owes its existence to another veteran-led business? I am not exaggerating when I say 100% we are here because of Patriot Scuba. So, thank you to Patriot Scuba and thanks to everyone who helped make these last two years so successful!
WALL O’TAFFY is fully stocked with many delicious flavors! Come visit the shop to create your perfect assorted concoction!
Our four rotational flavors are a fan favorite on this cool summer day! #pretentiousgourmet #icecream
Cool off today with our New frozen lemonade! Available in three refreshing flavors: Mango Strawberry Raspberry
Hey Fox Fans, are you on Nextdoor? If so, could I get a favour? I recently posted a poll to Nextdoor in both Alexandria and Occoquan. It has to do with something called the Guaranteed Analysis, which has been a huge stumbling block for me as I try to bake dog treats. If you are on Nextdoor, would you mind looking for my poll and voting? Thank you!
Tomorrow, Occoquan is the place to be! It's our annual Peep Show! Come to Occoquan and spend the day shopping, dining, and looking at all the creative marshmallow Peep dioramas. You won’t believe what can be made with Peeps! You can even vote for your favorite & enter a drawing for a chance to win a Peep Swag Bag. You might even catch sight of the Easter Bunny hopping through town as you enjoy your day. I'm telling you, tomorrow, Occoquan is the place to be!
Photos from Ship 7916's Occoquan River Clean-Up, Spring '19.
I made Mint Chocolate Chip cookes to have at my store in Occoquan and take to Del Ray Farmers' Market tomorrow morning and I thought I would show you one of the tools of the trade. My Mint Chocolate Chip have pieces of crushed candy cane inside. How do they get crushed? A 3lb maul, of course! And yes, the maul is cleaned and sanitized before use. Come to Del Ray or to the shop to pick up our Mint Chocolate Chip, Apricot Pecan Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, or Chai Spiced cookies. Have a great weekend!
They said it couldn't be done, but our sign is back up! Our sign has been knocked down countless times by wind, but it is back and this time it is secured by two bars of 3/16 aluminum. If it comes down again, I think I may have to give up... Here it is hanging in all it's glory next to Patriot Scuba's sign and Puzzle Palooza Etc.'s sign (which don't seem to blow down nearly as often as mine.)