Guests enjoyed an array of delicious food, beer and wine tastings at the 3rd annual Small Plates Big Heart event on Thursday, March 20th at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver. This year’s attendees enjoyed live music from the Stephen Thurston Trio while sampling innovative dishes from eight of the top restaurants in Denver. Chefs put their dishes to the test and competed for awards including People’s Choice and Judge, with Jezebel’s Southern Bistro and Bones taking the awards, respectively.┬áThe event, which benefits The Adoption Exchange, also featured a live auction with items ranging from food, beer and wine gift packages, to a beer-centerd trip to Boston. CBS4 Denver’s Britt Moreno and Tom Mustin served as the night’s emcees and spoke about the work The Adoption Exchange does for the area’s youth in need of a “forever home.”

The goal of The Adoption Exchange is to recruit families for children who have survived abuse and neglect, support adoptive families throughout every phase of the adoption process, and train child welfare professionals. The Adoption Exchange maintains a national training presence, and connects children in eight member states CO, MO, NV, NM, OK, SD, UT and WY with American families living here and abroad.