Farmer’s Table, a popular Boca Raton restaurant serving fresh, seasonal food, is opening a unique take-out business it hopes could be a model for future expansion.
Farmer’s Table Express will include sandwiches, salads and snacks. It also will feature popular Farmer’s Tables dishes that are sealed at the restaurant so they can be prepared later at home.
The restaurant has dubbed Farmer’s Table Express the “slow food fast” take-away concept. It is next door to the restaurant and adjacent to the Wyndam Hotel at 1950 Glades Road.
“We wanted to create new opportunities in a different way to get healthy food into consumers’ hands” — and do it in a fast, convenient way,” said Abigail Nagorski, Farmer’s Table Express general manager.
Mitchell Robbins, the restaurant’s co-owner, said customers dining in the restaurant will be able to order Express meals from their table and have their take-out orders brought to their table before they leave.
Customers also can order online at farmerstableexpress.com or by phone and pick up their food. Hours for Farmers Table Express are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Plans are to offer the service starting in late November or early December.
The idea has been in the works since the summer, Nagorski said, and the restaurant has an executive chef dedicating to Farmer’s Table Express. New menu items have been created, including the snacks, such as almond butter oat date bites and chia pudding parfait.
Owners decided to vacuum seal certain menu items, so they will taste as fresh as if diners ate them in the restaurant. The items can be heated at home in boiling water from one to five minutes. Nagorski said sealed items can last about two weeks in the refrigerator.
If the concept works, plans are to expand Farmer’s Table Express, possibly to standalone locations. Over time, there could even be home delivery.
Nagorski believes it’s the only concept in the area to combine sealed food techniques with meals that are already fully prepared.
Farmer’s Table is known for its healthy food, which is sourced from local farms when possible. Dishes are not prepared with butter or cream, and the restaurant does not have a deep-fat fryer or microwave.
In addition, the restaurant says it does not use food that has chemicals, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. The menu features something for everyone, including gluten-free items, vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well as meat dishes.
Farmer’s Table is owned by Robbins and chef Joey Giannuzzi.