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

Savory Beef Pot Roast

w/carrots and potatoes
served w/house made biscuits
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $130
Please order 48 hrs in advance

Roasted Salsa Verde Salmon

w/anchovy-caper, pine nut, cucumber,
fresh herb vinaigrette
roasted rosemary fingerling potatoes
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $130

Spiced Chickpea Stew (Vegetarian)

w/turmeric and coconut milk
served over rice
w/warm naan
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Brick Chicken w/House Rub

Seasonal Chef's Choice salad
"Sweet Ending" of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Family meals in a pan

Chicken pot pie

w/herbed biscuit topping
Serves 6 generously - $58

Turkey Sausage Lasagne

w/red sauce
Serves 6 generously - $58

Salads for Dinner

Winter Grain Salad (Vegetarian)

w/roasted sweet potatoes, zucchini,
artichoke hearts, oranges, hemp hearts,
walnuts, dried cranberries, pom arils,
winter greens
in garlic-hummus vinaigrette
Serves 4 as entree salad - $54

Walnut Meat Taco Bowl Salad (Vegan)

Brown rice, pea greens, shredded carrot,
scallion, avocado
in chili, soy, evoo vinaigrette
Serves 4 as entree salad - $54

Chef's Choice Seasonal Green Salad

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 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 enough notice and based on space and ingredient availability.

Please allow 48 hours 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 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

Vrbo Guest

Above and Beyond

This is the second time we have stayed at this property and it is truly a gem!

John and Tammy are amazing hosts, super communicative, sweet, and helpful. Tammy is an amazing chef, so you absolutely have to order at least one meal when you stay here.

We were celebrating my girlfriend's birthday this time and there was a mix up in the flower delivery. John and Tammy went out of their way to give us a bottle of champagne when we arrived and then they also drove out and picked up the flowers I had ordered.

The farm is beautiful, there are many nearby wineries, and an amazing hike up Mt Konocti if you want to do that. We will definitely be back for a third time soon!


Airbnb Guest

San Francisco

Perfect break from hectic San Francisco life

This was the perfect break from hectic San Francisco life!

John was so kind and helpful! His farm is lovely and his dogs, mini pigs and chickens are so cute!! We had so much fun playing with the animals, walking around the place, and even slack lining. The studio was quiet, cozy, and peaceful. It is such a cool setup, connected directly to the barn.

We hiked Mt. Konocti and ate at some yummy local cafes and restaurants.


Airbnb Guest

Top quality hosts

We had a wonderful stay with Mark and Tammy at their ranch. They were absolutely top quality hosts, and this stay genuinely feels like a proper bed and breakfast.

AirBnB has a lot of really basic, barebones, boring, sterile apartments and hotel equivalents, and we've stayed in a ton of them, but this is not that. This is a huge private loft, a remote ranch, friendly hosts, cute animals, and excellent food prepared by chef Tammy. - The room itself is away from the host's house - Very safe and comfortable - The bed is very comfy and large - No kitchen, but the fridge, table and coffee area are great - Really excellent place for dogs - Smart TV was great, not in the pictures - Shower is excellent, but smells like iron,

Final note is to plan any trip to Lake County very carefully if you have an electric vehicle. We had one and it was *rough*. There are a couple chargers in town but they're slow, and it's hard to find things to do while waiting hours for a charge.