Haute Secrets Boston: Kristin Canty of Woods Hill Table

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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.

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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.

Shellfish Platter Champagne (3)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.

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