Small Bites: Mission Foundations presents Faces of Hope

Super: Jacob Harwood, one of the super kids who goes to Mission Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy of Mision Foundation

Have you always wanted to be a superhero? Mission Foundations, a group that covers many charitable bases in support of Mission Hospital programs, invites you to play Superman (or woman) at the Grove Park Inn on Friday, Aug. 17.

That night, the foundation hosts a fundraiser for Mission Children's Hospital called Faces of Hope, a superhero-theme cocktail gala featuring fabulous food and an opportunity to give back in a big way.

Providing the evening's coursed and seated meal is Sean O’Connell, a James Beard Award-winning chef with some serious culinary chops. O'Connell was the vice president of culinary operations at the esteemed Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, executive chef of the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, executive chef at The Banyan Tree Resort in Thailand and has experience working at luxury resorts around the world.

was on hand to help select the menu O'Connell is developing for attendees of the gala and, from what we saw, the food promises to be phenomenal.

Expect a handmade ravioli with seared foraged mushrooms and white-truffle butter, paired with a sumptuous Saint Lucia Highlands chardonnay, followed by barbecued rack of Colorado lamb with sweet-potato fondant, silken eggplant and a "mint julep" jus paired with an Oregon pinot noir. All of that will be followed by a "symphony" of chocolate, a luxurious trio including a milk-chocolate sorbet, a warm dark-chocolate cheesecake and a silken white-chocolate torte.

The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7. The meal will be followed by a very special auction. Hint: the purchases directly benefit the Children's Hospital, which means that participants can easily attain superhero status.

Tickets to Faces of Hope are $175 per person. For more information, visit — Mackensy Lunsford

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