‘The Farmer’s Table’ Restaurant Has Aced Unannounced Health Inspections Since Opening, Records Show

The Farmer’s Table has earned perfect or near-perfect marks from health inspectors since it opened on Forest Street in 2010, records show.

Robert Ubaldo, chef/owner of The Farmer's Table. Terry Dinan photo

Robert Ubaldo, chef/owner of The Farmer’s Table. Terry Dinan photo

Out of a possible 100 points, the popular restaurant has earned an average of 95.9 through 15 unannounced inspections by sanitarians with the New Canaan Health Department, according to a review of the organization’s files at Town Hall.

In May 2014, chef-owner Robert Ubaldo moved The Farmer’s Table up and across Forest Street, to the larger space it has occupied since, formerly Bistro Bonne Nuit. An expanded menu of Ubaldo’s signature fresh-ingredients items attended the move.

Sanitarians use a state Department of Public Health standard, citing eateries for violations that range in seriousness and corresponding weight from 1 to 4 points. A “failed” inspection is triggered either by one or more 4-point violations or a total score of less than 80 points.

The Farmer’s Table has never scored lower than 92 (article continues below):

Farmer's Table, Health Inspection Results

Date of InspectionScore
10/25/1695
7/21/1697
3/3/1696
12/16/1597
9/9/1598
3/18/1595
10/28/1492
3/5/1397
8/22/1298
4/24/1296
12/15/1196
7/21/1196
2/14/1197
11/22/1094
8/16/1095
*Source: New Canaan Department of Health

 

Officials in the health department said a score that consistently comes in at or near perfect is “optimal for any establishment.”

The Farmer's Table has reopened on Forest Street in a larger space with an open kitchen. Credit: Terry Dinan

The Farmer’s Table has reopened on Forest Street in a larger space with an open kitchen. Credit: Terry Dinan

Speaking to such high scores generally and not to The Farmer’s Table specifically, Sanitarian Carla DeLucia said it would the establishment is “without any four-point violations, without temperature violations and likely without any critical violations.”

“Sanitarians work to help food establishments maintain compliance and, as a result, New Canaan on the whole fares well on inspections,” DeLucia said.

The Farmer’s Table’s minor violations include keeping beverage cans on a floor, not labeling sauces and dressings in clear containers and storing shell eggs on a middle shelf above ready-to-eat items, instead of a bottom shelf.

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