Amy DuVall quit her career as an environmental lawyer in Washington to bake Italian cookies in Alexandria | ALX now
Amy DuVall still can’t believe she bakes Italian cookies for a living in Alexandria. The owner of From Politics To Pastry says it’s surreal being your own boss, especially after nearly 20 years rubbing shoulders on Capitol Hill as an environmental lawyer and lobbyist.
“So far everything is going well,” DuVall told ALXnow. “I will say that I am definitely more relaxed. It’s very surreal not to have a boss. I mean, aside from taxes and laws, but not having someone to report to is very surreal.
DuVall found itself at a crossroads in 2016, after then-President Obama enacted the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century. Legislation, which significantly updated the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, took most of DuVall’s time and energy. Once the law was over, she wondered what she should do next?
“I have this great therapist who asked me what I was doing for fun,” said DuVall. “I told her how long I was in the kitchen, and she asked me why I couldn’t do this for a living. And I laughed at her. I really did. I was like, because that’s not what I went to school for. Not only is this not a way to make a living, but it’s just what I do for fun.
DuVall left the corporate world in 2018, and his journey has been filled with twists and turns along the way. For example, after being accepted to attend the famous The Academy of Cooking in Gaithersburg, it abruptly closed. Instead, she was learning to cook by taking online classes and watching videos.
It started selling its Italian cookies at farmers’ markets in 2018, then launched in February 2020. The pandemic, however, forced DuVall to stop selling in the markets, and all orders are now placed to be picked up at her home. in the Rosemont district of the city. .
DuVall publishes a weekly menu every Monday night and orders ($ 20 minimum) can be picked up between Wednesdays and Saturdays. The minimum custom order is $ 30.
DuVall said she appreciates being able to live on a more flexible schedule.
“It’s frustrating sometimes because I don’t have any help, but it’s also extremely rewarding,” DuVall said of his business. “No one can take credit for success except me. It’s pretty cool.