The hero: Jimmy “Mister Social Entrepreneur” Carbone
His lair: Jimmy’s No. 43
Superpower: Leading locavores
Origin story: Carbone’s powers were passed down through his DNA. His grandfather from Campania, Italy, fed him foraged wild mushrooms, garden-grown veggies and homemade sausages as a kid. When he came to NYC at age 18, he was shocked he couldn’t find a decent lunch. He made it his mission to seek out and promote good, local food, eventually opening his popular East Village restaurant and bar. In 2009, Carbone helped launch the Good Beer Seal, which identifies bars with intriguing brew lists and a commitment to the beer community (he also hosts a popular podcast, Beer Sessions Radio). Two years later, he founded Food Karma Projects, a food event production company dedicated to showcasing local food, chefs, beer and wine while benefiting worthy nonprofits — some of which raise funds for two NYC public schools. Carbone also serves as a member of FCAC Advisory Board of Grow NYC Greenmarkets. It's no surprise he's been honored twice with the NYC Arts’ “Local Hero” title.