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A 37 year old, Trenton-based nonprofit that fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.



On November 3, 2018, Isles will hold its second annual Fall Fest at the Social Profit Center at Mill One. Last year’s event was a sellout success as we celebrated the local community and Isles’ work, with friends and supporters. We came together to savor the flavor of the Trenton area with an evening of local food, drinks, art, and entertainment and tours of historic Mill One!

Fall Fest 2018 tickets are on sale! To purchase, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and complete the registration form.

We’re looking forward to a great event. Until then here are some highlights from last year! -

Our Honorees


Stuart Essig, Ph.D., has been Integra LifeSciences Corporation Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2012 and a Director since he joined Integra as CEO in 1997. For the last six years, Mr. Essig served as a Trustee of Isles as Chair of the Resource Development Committee and member of the Executive Committee. As Isles’ President Marty Johnson describes, “Stuart is the tough and talented trustee that every CEO can benefit from – he asks the hard questions, cuts through issues quickly, and steps up to the table to get work done and connections made. He’s had an important impact on Isles, and me, over the past six years. While some business executives talk about civic virtue, Stuart rolls up his sleeves. The Integra Foundation has supported Isles’ growth with flexible funding to maximize our impact and invest in learning and innovation.” This year, the Integra Foundation is a Presenting Partner of Fall Fest.


Mitch Livingston has served as President & CEO of NJM Insurance Company since April 2018. Mr. Livingston joined NJM in 2006. His experiences and responsibilities within and outside the legal department over the next several years culminated in his promotion to Vice President and Corporate Counsel in 2011. In 2013, Mr. Livingston was named Senior Vice President and Corporate Counsel, the same year he was elected to NJM’s Board of Directors. In 2016, he was named Executive Vice President, prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel in 2017. The ninth chief executive in the Company's 104-year history, Mitch succeeded Bernie Flynn, who retired in April. “The executive team at NJM are thoughtful and instrumental supporters of Isles’ and our work in Downtown Trenton,” says Julia Taylor, Isles Deputy Operations Officer. “NJM’s funding, both direct and through New Jersey’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program, has enabled Isles to be creative and innovative with residential stakeholders to make positive change in Trenton neighborhoods. We value NJM’s generosity and continued partnership under Mitch’s leadership.” NJM Insurance Company is a Presenting Partner of Fall Fest.

With a Special Tribute to Paul and Anke Volcker

Paul Volcker, former Chair of the Federal Reserve, grew up in New Jersey and his father founded the first non-profit housing finance organization in the state. He has been a longtime supporter of Isles. Paul and his wife Anke live in New York City.




Lady and the Shallot was voted the Best Vegetarian Restaurant by Town Topics this year. This plant based Trenton restaurant will be serving tacos and other comfort foods at this year's Fall Fest.


1911 Smokehouse BBQ is a must-visit Trenton establishment. Lucky for us, they’ll be joining us to serve their barbeque chicken, collard greens, and turkey meatballs.


The Dapper Chef is a family-owned Caribbean restaurant, and they're bringing fresh and flavorful foods to our tasting table at Mill One


Health is Wealth Restaurant & Juice Bar has a heart for healthy living, creating healthful foods still packed with tons of flavor.


 The Big Easy, serves soul food that would make your grandma happy. Welcoming, well-seasoned, this is one spot you don't want to miss.


Annie's Hot on D' Spot Roti Shop brings the Caribbean flavors to you. What’s better than pumpkin, spinach, or chicken wrapped in a warm roti?

Ila Mae's Restaurant is a premier soul food restaurant inviting Mercer County to "Experience a Tradition of Great Taste!"

La Cabaña Bakeshop and Restaurant is providing Latin American dishes like ceviche – classic and vegetarian versions, roasted pork, and rice with chicken. We can’t wait.




Jerry's Vodka is your neighbor's vodka. Why buy vodka from Texas when you can drink Jerry's from new Jersey? Support local.


Valenzano Family Winery is a family tradition that has been farming in Burlington County since the early 1970's.


Sourland Mountain Spirits is “New Jersey’s Farm Distillery.” They’ll be serving gin and rum signature cocktails.



Unionville Vineyards will share local, handcrafted wines from Hunterdon County.


The Referend Bier Brewery specializes in spontaneously fermented beers.




The Cheesecake Lady is a Trenton-Hamilton staple serving gourmet and specialty cheesecakes. Her inspired flavors will make your mouth water.


Sweetly Spirited Artisan Desserts uses only the finest ingredients and premium alcohol in their infused desserts. Normally sold online, they'll be joining us in person to serve their infused and non-infused cupcakes. 

Arctic Ice Cream has been serving homemade ice cream since 1931, and they'll be bringing ice cream cups of various flavors to Mill One.


Italian Peoples Bakery is a family bakery that's been serving Trenton since 1936. Their cannoli and cream puffs melt in your mouth.

Franca Bakery is an old-line Italian bakery coming to our Fall Fest with puff pastry tarts filled with nuts and Isles' honey and delicious danishes.

Party Trays Etc. by Judy will cover all our warm beverage needs at Fall Fest What’s dessert without tea and coffee? Don’t forget a dollop of Isles’ honey for your cup of tea!



Sophie Ban is a muralist specializing in public street.

Sean Carney creates traditional-looking, representational paintings with Minwax wood stain and a Dremel.

Lori Johansson will be working on a watercolor painting.

Michael Portlock is a cartoonist who works in mixed media, primarily pen and black ink.

Delgira Samtonova is an acrylic painter.



Capital Philharmonic of New JerseyString Quartetwill welcome guests during cocktail hour.

DJ ItsJustAhmad will entertain with everyone’s favorite hits.

Mike Rossi plays sultry pop on guitar, piano, and vocals.

Chelsea Dmia Cortes on piano, guitar, and vocals.

Benjamin Porawski & Rodney Genwright on guitar and vocals.

Benjamin Porawski & Sam Wolf on bass and vocals.

Mike Keen on guitar and vocals.

Sean Ladden on guitar and vocals.

Easha and Shravya Nandyala on guitar, bass, and vocals.

Our Sponsors


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