Kristin Canty is a first-time filmmaker, small farm advocate, fresh milk drinker, mom and owner of the Boston-area restaurant Woods Hill Table. She is the director/producer of Farmageddon; The Unseen War on American Family Farms and her restaurant is dedicated to supporting small farming and celebrating the benefits of fresh local food.
She and her husband purchased an area farm to source the restaurant and Kristin, and her team work with additional local farmers and fishermen who share their understanding of the direct connection between delicious, flavorful dishes and nutrient-dense, earth-friendly farming and pasturing practices. Kristin originally became interested in local, nutrient dense food when one of her children was ridden with multiple allergies and asthma as a pre-schooler, and when medications couldn’t help him, she found that raw milk helped him recover. Since then, she has tried to buy most of her family’s food directly from local, organic farms.
Photo Credit: Woods Hill Table
We caught up recently with Canty to find out what she loves most about Boston.
Where were you born: Chicago, Illinois
How long in Boston: Pretty much all of my life
Neighborhood: Currently going back and forth between Concord, MA and Charles Street
Occupation: Restaurant and farm owner, film producer
Favorite Restaurant: Row 34. I’m a huge oyster lover and the Island Creek group has the best oysters.
Best Sushi: Snappy Sushi and Hojoko
Best Italian: Massimino’s
Best dessert: Mike’s Pastry always
Best place for a romantic date: Yvonne’s
Best Sunday brunch: Giullia
Best place for a power business meeting: Eastern Standard
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Hotel Commonwealth
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Black Ink and Dress on Charles Street
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: J Crew at Copley Place has really good antique replica jewelry and I wear a lot of it, and Alex and Ani
Best Spa: Townhouse Beauty Bar on Charles Street, and my organic hairstylist Marcus Sederstrom at Cynthia K Salon
Favorite Charity Event: Runway for Recovery
Favorite Cultural Event: Boston Seafood Festival
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Museum of Fine Arts
Best Steakhouse: Grill 23
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Regina in the North End
Best Lunch: Moody’s Deli, Waltham I love the foraged sandwich and all of his charcuterie
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Bob Cooley’s The Genius of Flexibility on Boylston Street
Best Massage: Exhale
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Kenny’s Car LLC. He knows the whole city and he is the best tour guide ever.
Best Museum/Exhibit: The Buddhist Temple Room at the Museum of Fine Arts
Describe Boston in three words: Livable, cosmopolitan, quaint
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Boston Public Library
All-around favorite spot in Boston: Pier 6 Charlestown, outside, on the deck overlooking the water
Best Aspect of Boston: All of the water views.