Culinary Experience

Rancho La Puerta is renowned for freshly picked produce and nutritious natural foods. We have developed, tested, and proven hundreds of recipes since 1940. Over seventy years of culinary creativity, experimentation and dietary research have culminated in a superb all-natural diet. It is low in fat, sodium, and refined flour and sugar — while high in energy, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Portions can be abundant thanks to our recipes’ low calorie counts as well as your activity-filled days.

We follow ‘Slow Food’ precepts. As much as possible, and as attuned to the seasons as we can reasonably be, we procure organic fruits and vegetables from our own extensive organic farm, or from our region’s purveyors who practice sustainable, organic farming. Our decades-old methods are now validated with almost every passing day, from new vegetable gardens at the White House to the back yards of millions of home gardeners now embracing “urban farming.” One of the Ranch’s regular speakers, Marion Nestle, was recently featured in the N.Y. Times discussing the movement, along with our founder Deborah Szekely’s longtime friends Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame and Michael Jacobson, head of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. To read the article, click here. 

La Cocina Que Canta, our culinary center that opened in the summer of 2007, is an exciting center where the ‘Cuisine of the Californias’ can be learned, explored, discussed, and created by guests along with talented chef/teachers from around the world.


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