Story & photos by Tim Hauserman ·
Many people move to Tahoe to experience the joys of our outdoor lifestyle, not because they just received a great job offer. This leads many mountain transplants to follow their passion, instead of just finding a job. An example is Priya Hutner. She came to Truckee in 2013 for the healthy lifestyle. She is staying here by turning her love for healthy cooking and writing into a living.
Priya came to Truckee after living most of her life on an ashram, first in New York and then later when it moved to Florida. Her passion for healthy cooking began at a young age while watching her parents, who were both gourmet cooks. Later, she went to catering school, and worked in the restaurant business, but it was as a chef at the ashram where she obtained her most intense exposure to the world of food. She would often cook for large groups, sometimes up to 1,500 people.
When she came to Truckee, she decided to combine her culinary knowledge with her love of healthy food to begin a business of providing in-home, high quality meals for busy people.
Her business, The Seasoned Sage, began when her friend Michelle Turley approached Priya to cook for her. Now, she focuses on providing delicious, organic cuisine for people who don’t have time or the energy to cook. She provides flexible menus for all dietary palates.
Her programs include Meals for New Moms, which provides iron-rich food for moms who are breastfeeding and need help with their busy schedules, and the Seasoned Sage lunch program, which delivers lunches to people in Truckee. She reaches out to those in need with her Healthy Food for the Homebound program, which brings good food to the homes of those who can’t leave their house for health reasons. And, she offers detox classes and programs to help lose weight.
Priya is a fun and social creature who loves putting together cooking classes, dinner parties or other events with flair. Whatever brings great people and great food together, because she says that she believes there is no better way to connect then while having a conversation while dining on delicious food.
“I deliver healthy, organic, home-cooked quality food made with love. I care about what people are eating, I care about people’s health and wellness,” Priya says.
While cooking is important to her, she says that her freelance writing has become a means of expressing herself and making a living, as well. In addition to writing for Tahoe Weekly, she writes for other publications. While food is probably her favorite topic (she is beginning work on several cookbooks) she also likes to write about interesting local people, health and wellness. But, her biggest writing project is a book she is working on “about my crazy story of life on an ashram,” she says.
During her several decades with the ashram, she co-founded a yoga and retreat center and eventually became the director, running the day-to-day operations of the organization. Then, she said that she realized it was time for her to leave.
“It was a challenging decision to walk away from what was such a big part of my life,” she says.
In addition to writing and cooking, Priya also teaches yoga, meditation and breathing classes in Truckee.
“Yoga helps us find our center and balance in this fast-paced world. Yoga can transform us and help us become more aware of our physical, emotional and mental qualities,” she says.
Priya has left the tropical world of Florida and found her home here in the cold and snowy mountains of California. It’s a place where she is able to live every day enjoying the outdoors, whether it is hiking, skiing, biking, paddleboarding or whatever else you can do at Tahoe. And, she says that she is grateful for the gift of being able to live and work here.
“There is something about the people here. I feel like there is a big awake and conscious community that wants to affect change here. It’s amazing to live in a place with like-minded people,” she says.
For more information, visit seasonedsage.com or call (772) 913-0008. To read Priya’s work for Tahoe Weekly, visit TheTahoeWeekly.com.