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

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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 family-style meals

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Breasts

w/sundried tomatoes, spinach, garlic and cream
Served with chef’s choice seasonal salad
Sweet ending of the day
Serves 4 – $100

Cedar paper roasted Salmon

Kale pesto farro salad w/seasonal vegetables and lemon zest
Sweet ending of the day
Serves 4 – $100

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Breast

w/lemon vinaigrette
Chef Choice farmhouse salad w/shaved Parmesan
“Sweet Ending” of the day
Serves 4 – $100

Lemon Caper Shrimp pasta

Served w/seasonal chef’s choice salad
Sweet ending of the day
Serves 4 – $100

Autumn super foods salad

Autumn super foods salad

Family meals in a pan

Mediterranean Chicken Bake

Boneless-skinless chicken thighs,
artichoke hearts, black olives in a
tangy red sauce with italian cheeses
Serves 4 generously – $58

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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

Picnic salads

Spring 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

Pulled chicken and orzo salad

w/fresh spinach, lemon juice, feta and EVOO
Serves 4 as entree salad $54

Sichuan Strawberry Salad w/Chicken

Napa cabbage, fresh spinach, sliced almonds,
scallions, fresh strawberries, cucumbers in
Asian-ginger vinaigrette
Serves 4 as entree salad $54

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



Farm Retreat


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

Baker

Airbnb Guest

Wonderful weekend getaway

What a wonderful weekend getaway and birthday celebration! Mark and Tammy are fantastic hosts and have such a lovely place.

Please be sure to get a meal from Tammy, they’re delicious!

Vbro guest

Hard to leave...

My stay was absolutely nothing short of perfect.

There are so many highlights- Chef Tammy’s exquisite meals, the kindness and generosity of the owners, the peacefulness of the farm and surrounding area, and the adorable extended farm family (2 dogs, 2 pigs, 5 chickens, a tortoise, neighborhood cats, as well as all the birds fluttering around).

I spent one day enjoying the farm in various spots, such as reading in the hammock, sitting on my picnic blanket with the animals, and watching the star come out at the fire pit. I enjoyed Chef Tammy’s excellent dinner after hiking the peaks of nearby Mt. Konocti.

Another day I enjoyed Chef Tammy’s box lunch while out exploring the towns around the lake. Hands down, Chef Tammy’s breakfast was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. She was very thoughtful and creative in accommodating my dietary needs/preferences and is clearly a talented chef.

The barn loft was serene, clean, comfortable, had many thoughtful touches, and was filled with the good energy of the morning breezes and sunset skies pouring through. It was hard to leave and I look forward to my next visit.

Patricia M

Harvest Host Guest

OMG the food was absolutely wonderful

The farm had chickens, little rescued pigs, some older dogs, and a very large tortoise. The owners were very nice, and even allowed us to feed a little bit of fresh veggies to the pigs and tortoise. Their farm had vineyards, and orchard (apple, peach and a very large persimmon tree).

We ordered from their catering service, dinner the night we arrived and breakfast the next morning before we took off. OMG the food tasted, looked, and smelled absolutely wonderful. Fresh farm ingredients cooked and delivered directly to my table. We have been speaking about their food nearly everyday sense.

Highly recommended. The site was easy to get into and out, level enough we did not have to use blocks, and it was great looking out our windows and seeing the animals.