Who We Are

We are creative producers of specialty food and craft beverage events throughout the New York area. Created by Jimmy Carbone (A Zagat “Superhero”) — a NYC-based restaurateur and dedicated social entrepreneur — Food Karma Projects creates unique events that showcase the finest local food, NYC chefs, craft beer, regional wine, and artisanal spirits while benefiting non-profit community groups, including the following events:

  • Pig Island  (Event Founder/Producer) – A day-long BBQ fest featuring 20+ of the city’s best up-and-coming chefs paired with 80+ hogs sourced from regional farms, featuring live music, cooking demonstrations and eating competitions.
  • Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island (2013/2014—Food Producer/Caterer) – Over four days (two weekends), Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra take over Governors Island for a food and jazz fest that harkens back to the roaring 20s.
  • The International Association of Culinary Professionals 2012 Conference(Event Producer) – One of the nation’s premiere professional food organizations held its 2012 conference in NYC.
  • Cook-Out NYC (Event Founder/Producer) – And outdoor cooking and beer expo featuring exclusive beers and farm-to-table foods sourced from regional farms.
  • Farm + Beer – A beer event that encouraged local brewers to use regional ingredients (this was later incorporated into the annual NYC Brewers Choice)
  • Brisket King of NYC – The preeminent carnivore event in NYC, with one chef crowned “King” for a year.
  • NYC Brewers Choice – A featured event of NYC Beer Week, Brewers Choice challenges regional brewers to create special beers (in 2014 it was beers using all-local ingredients) for a “better beer” festival.
  • July Good Beer Month – By Mayoral Declaration, July is Good Beer Month, with more than a dozen featured events including Edible’s Good Beer, Craft Beer Jam at WNYC’s The Greene Space,  Craft Beer Book Festival at the South Street Seaport Museum, East River State Park Beer Expo.
  • 5Boro PicNYC – A food truck and beer family-oriented outing to launch the “official” start of summer opening weekend on Governors Island.
  • Craft-Beer-Jam at WNYC’s Greene Space – For July Good Beer Month, Jimmy Carbone hosts craft beer luminaries over the course of three weeks in the WNYC Studios.
  • Barrels & Kegs: Benefit for the Rockaways – A fundraiser arranged in the Rockaways to build awareness of the growth of concessions along the Boardwalk.
  • NY State Food+Beer Expo – An all-local beer festival at East River State Park.

A full biography of founder Jimmy Carbone is available here.

Past events have helped support many non-profits and community organizations, including:

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