Emily Karpin

Head of Branding, Communications + Producer Food360
Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy

Emily has a degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State and a certificate in International Business, but a career in law wasn’t in the cards for this imaginative and passionate native New Yorker (well, native Hamptonite, to be exact). She moved to Manhattan after a year in London in 2008 and joined the Union Square Partnership in 2009, where she discovered her love for the food and wine industry. It was this realization that brought her to Benchmarc in 2011. Her quick wit is always apparent in her work as the company’s social media guru. She also oversees the company’s branding, business development, public events, communications and public relations. Self-motivated and detailed oriented, she is always happy to lend a hand in any project that comes her way.


25 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Karpin

  1. I’m one of 26 grandchildren on my mother’s side.
  2. I don’t drink water. Ever. And if I have too it will have bubbles.
  3. I majored in Justice Studies at Arizona State University and originally wanted to be an entertainment lawyer and live in Beverly Hills.
  4. My dad built a log cabin in Vermont, which I lived in until I was five with no running water. I recently went back and stayed in it for the weekend.
  5. I’ve floated in the Dead Sea on both Israel and Jordan sides and visited the pyramids in Egypt, which I think is pretty cool.
  6. From fifth grade through my senior year of High School, I was a gymnast and dreamed of being one of the “Magnificent Seven”.
  7. I’ve had strep throat seven times in one year and still have my tonsils.
  8. My love affair with the food and hospitality industry blossomed when I worked for the Union Square Partnership and managed their annual Harvest in the Square tasting event.
  9. I believe New York City is the best city in the world to live in, and if you can make it here you really can make it anywhere.
  10. I actually grew up in the Hamptons…with normal people.
  11. My grandmother was a published children’s author and illustrator, but I can’t draw to save my life.
  12. I’ve lived in London and have a certificate of International Business from the Mountbatten Institute.
  13. I was locked in the Louvre in Paris for hours during a failed attempted robbery.
  14. I absolutely love what I do and feel extremely lucky to have found my passion within the hospitality industry.
  15. I believe meat should be a part of EVERY meal.
  16. I love to travel and experience cultures through food and wine. I try and visit a new country every year.
  17. I’m a true believer that a manicure is the best money you can spend on yourself.
  18. I’m obsessed with all things social media. It’s my favorite #occupationalhazard #cantstop.
  19. I’m a “Bravo-holic” and perfectly OK with it.
  20. My TV claim to fame is a cameo on an episode of Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Made” with Marc.
  21. I have a slight, ok very very bad fear of elevators.
  22. I took four years of French in High School and sadly can’t actually speak French. And instead now I’d love to learn Arabic.
  23. My dream vacation is living in Italy or the South of France for an entire summer. One day I will make it happen.
  24. I’m a no nonsense type of gal. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  25. I believe that flattery and kindness will get you everywhere, but hard work and dedication will keep you there.