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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

Boneless Braised Short Ribs

Smashed potatoes w/fresh herbs and butter
'Sweet Ending' of the day
Serves 4 – $140
Requires 48 hours notice

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

served w/penne pasta
'Sweet Ending' of the day
Serves 4 – $120

Pork and Hominy Stew

Seasonal green salad w/pumpkin seed dressing
'Sweet Ending' of the day
Serves 4 – $120

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 – $120

Mushroom Risotto (vegetarian)

Seasonal chef's salad
‘Sweet ending’ of the day
Serves 4 – $120

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 Family 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 pot pie

w/herbed biscuit topping
Serves 6 generously - $58

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

*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 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


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

Sean & Peggy C

Harvest Host Guests

Tammy the owner was wonderful, we had a great place to park near the grapevines. We preordered a Charcuterie board for our arrival and breakfast for the next day. They were delicious! Forgot to take a picture of the charcuterie board ☹️ Breakfast was huge and we have leftovers for another breakfast.

Vbro Guest

The food was absolutely amazing!

The food was absolutely amazing! I definitely recommend adding breakfast and dinner to your stay. The farm itself is lovely and larger than i expected. My 2yo, dog, and I enjoyed walking the grounds and visiting the animals. Very nice, quiet area perfect for relaxing. Lots of activities nearby to occupy your time. Fantastic hosts and can't wait to visit again.

Brian W

Harvest Host Guest

The Ripe Choice farm is the right choice

The Ripe Choice farm is the right choice for an overnight stay!! We were greeted by the friendly hosts -including their chickens, sweet pigs and tortoise. And breakfast (available for purchase) was amazing!! Thank you for a wonderful experience.