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 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 Meals

Gourmet family-style meals

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Smashed potatoes w/fresh herbs and butter
'Sweet Ending' of the day

Serves 4 – $100

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

served w/penne pasta
'Sweet Ending' of the day

Serves 4 – $100

Pork and Hominy Stew

Seasonal green salad w/pumpkin seed dressing
'Sweet Ending' of the day

Serves 4 – $100

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Rigatoni

w/chicken apple sausage, golden raisins, melted onions
in EVVO w/fried sage
Chef’s choice green salad
'Sweet Ending' of the day

Serves 4 – $100

Mushroom Risotto (vegetarian)

Seasonal chef's salad
‘Sweet ending’ of the day

Serves 4 – $100

Entree Salad

Autumn Apple Salad

Spinach w/dried cranberries, candied pecans, red onion,
feta cheese, applewood bacon
in maple apple cider vinaigrette

Serves 4 as entree salad $54

Savory Lasagna and Casseroles

Meals in a pan

Turkey Sausage Lasagna in Red Sauce

Serves 6 generously – $58

Butternut Squash Lasagna (vegetarian)

With fresh basil béchamel sauce

Serves 6 generously – $54

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

With salsa verde (green sauce)
Includes sour cream and fresh cilantro-onion garnish

Serves 6 generously – $54.

Baked Chicken from The Ripe Choice

Call (310) 962-4597 to order

All meals are prepared hot and fresh in our licensed commercial kitchen, with contact free packaging and delivery. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Custom orders are always welcome with 24 hours notice and based on space availability.

24 hours notice required for local ordering and it will be at your doorstep the next day between 4 and 5pm or let us know when you prefer delivery. Tax will be charged when order is taken.

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.

Recent Testimonials

Visit our Testimonials page for additional comments

Philip

Airbnb Guest

The best deal ever!

The Ripe Choice Farm and Barn are the best deal ever! Peaceful, beautiful and full of interesting places to walk. Loved visiting the animals each day. Rosie and Buddy, pigs, are very friendly. The tortoise was fun also.

Tammy's cooking is sooooo delicious. Mark is a responsive host and full of wonderful information about the surrounding area. We highly recommend this place and will be returning first chance we are able.

Branson

Airbnb Guest

5 Stars

Great place, lots of space, dog friendly, out in the country where it’s nice and quiet but still close to all the local spots and stores. It is a 5 min drive to the closest launch ramp into clear lake, and the owners are the coolest people! P.S. Have Chef Tammy make you dinner! 5 Stars!

Summer M

Harvest Host Guest

Best Harvest Host experience we’ve had

Our stay with Mark and Chef Tammy was hands down, the best Harvest Host experience we’ve had thus far. Mark has excellent communication skills through the HH app and texting, before your arrival so that they are prepared for your stay.

The day we pulled in, Tammy was there to greet us and guide us to our spot, where we had a beautiful view of their farm. They did have a small last minute event (Celebration of Life) booked on their property on the day we arrived, which Mark communicated to us a couple days before our arrival. He was gracious to recommend other HH places to stay if we were not comfortable sharing space with the event.

We are so glad that we chose to stay with Chef Tammy and Mark! We thoroughly enjoyed watching the kiddos play with the Pot Belly pigs, Rosie and Bud and Tank the Tortoise. I don’t think Rosie’s tail ever stops wagging! Even though Chef Tammy and Mark were making sure their group event was attended to, they also made us feel very much at home. That evening, here comes Mark and Chef Tammy walking through the drizzling rain out to our camper with a greeting of “Hello Lovebirds!” They presented us with a perfectly baked salmon dressed in flavorful Dijon sauce (I think) and a very tender Wagyu Steak, both dishes accompanied by fresh asparagus and potatoes, as well as some warm fresh bread and butter. The second tray held the most beautiful salad I have ever eaten (no lie!) and a delicious apple cobbler baked in a cast iron pan with a scoop of ice cream. With dinner, they also provided us a really wonderful bottle of wine from a local winery.

I strongly recommend you request dinner from Chef Tammy, as not only were the dishes beautifully presented, but the best dinner we have ever had and the proportions were very generous. We had leftovers for our travels! Steak and eggs the next morning and the mouthwatering salmon for lunch! It was so nice getting to know Chef Tammy and Mark, sharing stories and experiences of raising kids and being empty nesters. Tammy is an incredibly talented chef and just as sweet as can be and Mark has a great sense of humor, which we really connected with. We feel like we have new friends and can’t wait to return.