The Ripe Story

Chef Tammy Lipps

The Ripe Choice was created by Tammy Lipps, a professionally-trained chef with a passion for re-imagining the experience of food.

Our full-service catering boutique serves deliciously fresh food. Recipes include time-tested favorites as well as new flavor profiles created specifically for your event. We strive to transform fresh, farm grown and locally sourced ingredients into amazingly delicious food. The result is a very personal reflection of your palette, sophistication and regard for your guests.

In 2020, we found the perfect location to grow the business, relocating to Lake County to open The Ripe Choice Farm and Catering. The barn event space, organic field crops, orchard, and vineyard offer endless possibilities and fit perfectly with our sensibilities and desire to take The Ripe Choice to the next level. This drove our move Lake County.

When it comes to food, Chef Tammy's passion for one-on-one collaboration makes every event unique and instantly memorable. She's helped create everything from beautiful weddings, to high-impact events for the entertainment industry. Consider us for anything that involves food, including:

“I realized that cooking is my “new” passion nearly 20 years ago which lead to the creation of The Ripe Choice. My husband and I have always loved entertaining, and I have cooked my whole life—never thinking of it as a career. It was a light bulb moment for me when I realized that I already love doing this anyway … this is my direction.”

After all these years, Chef Tammy still loves her work. “I love working with food. It comes from somewhere in my soul. I find it therapeutic and peaceful to play and experiment with food. I treat each event as if it is my own party in my own home… it matters that much to me. Whether it is fancy and complicated or not, it all has to be good.”

The Ripe Choice is a member of the International Caterers Association, Better Business Bureau, and the local Chamber of Commerce. We are located in beautiful Lake County in the heart of Northern California’s wine country just north of the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a stone’s throw south of Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California.

Come Stay at the Farm!

The Ripe Choice Farm borders on beautiful boutique vineyards, olive grove, small town living, peace and quiet in a casual let your hair down atmosphere. Surrounded by wonderful adventures in buying farm to table goodies; hiking; the lake; and all of our wonderful wineries. The air quality is said to be the best in California. Clear Lake is the largest natural lake in CA. Lots of opportunity for playing on the lake or check out lake events such as the 2nd largest bass fishing tournament in the country; Splashdown where people land their float planes on the lake for a huge party. Great farm to table restaurants.

Stay at our two person studio loft or park your camper for a few days

Enjoy a hearty farm to fork breakfast; romantic CHEF'S TABLE dinner; boxed lunch for the lake/winery; fresh veggies and fruit.

Chef Tammy is the owner and executive chef of The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering. She will gladly open the farm for you to host a family reunion, wedding, celebratory dinners. All California cuisine, fresh farm to table. Chef Tammy operated a very successful catering business in Manhattan Beach, CA for almost 20 years before expanding her offerings by purchasing this beautify Lake County farm.

Ask about the Chef’s Table next to the vineyard!

The Ripe Choice Farm - Studio

The remarkable studio space is a modern barn loft within a 100-yr old barn on a working vineyard, orchard and farm. It is a fully open studio plan offering comfortable seating area, dining table, king bed, Egyptian cotton linens and a 4×6 walk-in rain shower. All with views of the farm.

Meals are not included during your stay yet if interested in a hearty, seasonal farm to fork breakfast; a boxed lunch for your hike or picnic, while boating, or wine tasting; dinner delivered to the loft please contact the host regarding rates and availability. All meals require 24-48 hr notice.

Book through Airbnb   Book through Vbro

Harvest Hosts Camping on the Farm

Bring your camper or RV and spend a few nights on the farm, book your stay through Harvest Hosts.

Gourmet meals delivered in Lake County

The Ripe Choice Farm and Catering is delivering gourmet dinners within Lake County.

Chef Tammy Lipps is applying her 20 plus years of experience to provide locally sourced, delicious hot and fresh meals directly to your doorstep. Enjoy a  fresh, flavorful and festive gourmet meal tonight!

Call (310) 962-4597 to place your order.

Feedback from recent deliveries:

  • "Truly one of the most amazing treats I have ever experienced! That meal was a culinary tour de force!"
  • "Crushed it on the food and the service! I hope we can do this again sometime..."

Here is what we are currently preparing:

Gourmet family-style meals

Brick Chicken w/House Rub

Fresh corn, baby heirloom tomatoes
blue cheese and arugula salad w/classic vinaigerette
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Cedar paper roasted Salmon

Basil pesto farro salad w/seasonal vegetables and lemon zest
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Breast

w/lemon vinaigrette
Chef Choice farmhouse salad
“Sweet Ending” of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Lemon Caper Shrimp pasta

Served w/seasonal chef’s choice salad
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Family meals in a pan

Mexican Lasagna

Made with ground turkey, black beans, tomatoes,
corn tortillas, enchilada sauce and Mexican cheeses.
Serves 6 generously - $54

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

With Salsa Verde (green sauce)
Includes sour cream and fresh cilantro-onion garnish
Serves 6 generously – $54

Picnic salads

Summer Picnic Salad w/Smoky Shrimp

Seasonal greens, avocado, tomatoes,
hard boiled eggs, fresh corn, applewood bacon,
fresh feta in cilantro-lime vinaigrette
Serves 4 as Entree Salad $54

Watermelon Peach Salad w/Feta**

fresh watermelon, peaches, mint, feta cheese,
cucumbers, red onion balsamic vinaigrette
garnished with edible flowers when available
Serves 4 as entree salad $54

Rainbow farro salad w/apple-tahini vinaigrette*

Farro, purple cabbage, cannelini beans,
red and orange bell peppers, broccoli
Serves 4 as entree salad $54

*Blue Zone Approved
**Many ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced from our farm or other local farms whenever possible.

Call (310) 962-4597 to order

All meals are prepared hot and fresh in our licensed commercial kitchen, with contact free packaging and delivery for orders of $100 or more. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Custom orders are always welcome with 48 hours notice and based on space availability.

48 hours notice required for local ordering with delivery between 4 and 5pm or at time you prefer. Tax will be charged when order is taken. Orders are confirmed by phone ((310) 962-4597) with payment

Catering for All Occasions featuring Gloriously Fresh Food

Rich, Savory, Spicy, Sweet

The Ripe Choice boutique catering is California casual at its best: fresh flavors with depth and personality, beautifully served.

We serve everything delicious

The Ripe Choice is a full-service boutique catering company that specializes in private parties, business events, weddings and special occasions. We collaborate with you to create events that reflect your personal taste and, of course, taste wonderful. 

Impress your guests with the details

Eating and drinking brings your guests closer together. Our menus are designed to impress your guests with the little details that make a get-together instantly memorable. Whether you want buffet or seated service, we can make all arrangements according to your precise specifications, including handling all your rental and decoration needs.

Excellent taste, within budget

Every menu is customized to your needs, theme and budget. Keep in mind while looking over our sample menus that we have both proven favorites and a passion for creating something completely unique especially for you.


Catering


Catering for your next special event



Barn and Farm Event Space


Our "barn" is ideal for a special group gathering or retreat evening



Weddings and Events


Catering for weddings, birthdays or any special occasion


Let's Get the party started...

We’d love to work with you. Call us at (310) 962-4597 or fill out the form below to let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be in touch.

Please use this form to contact us regarding your event catering needs. This is not an order form. All Ripe Choice farmstay guest meals (Airbnb, Harvest Host, VRBO) must be arranged through your host booking site.

Recent Testimonials

Visit our Testimonials page for additional comments

Vbro Guest

Chicago, Il

I would love to return

We had a lovely time staying at the farm for the most part of a week. We had two delicious breakfasts and dinner one evening provided by Tammy. It was too hot to eat al fresco but we did have our morning coffee under the beautiful tree in the yard. I believe the tree was a London Plane which is very pretty to sit under and enjoy the shade. We enjoyed walking around the farm and seeing all the animals.

We were looking for a quiet escape from city life, and we got that and more. The bright new moon and the twinkling stars each night was delightful, Mother Nature at her finest. The accommodations had everything we needed, a comfy bed, a/c and peace and quiet, priceless. We spent most of our days exploring, going to the ocean, the farmers market, and north to see the giant Redwoods.

Communications with John were great. I would love to return.

David

Airbnb Guest

We loved it for our first visit to the area...

The Ripe Choice Farm was an ideal place for our kind of trip. Great room, great hosts, excellent meals and food available, and a working farm/vineyard to explore. All the animals were very friendly! We loved it for our first visit to the area and we hope to return.

Laurie

Vbro Guest

Loved our stay

Having grown up in Kelseyville, it was so heart-warming to enjoy a true farm stay, complete with piggies and bats and the fresh smells of an onsite apple orchard, vineyard, and a shady yard. The barn loft is so roomy and quiet! We loved our stay!