Just walk to the next course
Go on a culinary adventure during the fourth annual Healdsburg Strolling Dine Around, a progressive dinner held at 20 restaurants on four evenings in December.
For the four-course meal, diners build their own itinerary by choosing where to eat each of the four courses (appetizer, first course, entree and dessert).
"It's a golden opportunity for people to enjoy Healdsburg while experiencing cuisine from around the world," said event coordinator Lori Moore, who expects 400 diners to sign up this year.
Among the participating restaurants are several newcomers to the Healdsburg scene, including Cafe Lucia, Taverna Sofia and Bravas Bar de Tapas.
The Strolling Dine Around will be held on Dec. 5 and 6, 12 and 13. There are three start times: 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. The dining experience is expected to last three hours, with each course lasting 45 minutes.
Cost is $89 a person, including tax and tip, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Healdsburg Shared Ministries Food Pantry and the North Coast Consortium Program.
Wine will be available for purchase at participating restaurants, and guests may bring their own bottle, but a corkage fee may apply.
For a complete listing of the participating restaurants and what each will be serving, go to www.healdsburg.com. The event is sponsored by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce &amp; Visitors Bureau and the Wine Road Northern Sonoma County.
Olives take center stage at events
Now that the grapes are in, it's time to celebrate the olive harvest.
The annual Blessing of the Olives will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the historic Mission Sonoma in Sonoma.
The event, which kicks off the annual Sonoma Valley Season of the Olive, includes live music, speeches and hot chocolate.
The Olive Press will hold a special Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at its Sonoma location, 24724 Arnold Drive. There will be free tasting of oils and vinegars and tours of the facility. To schedule a tour, call 939-8900.
For a complete schedule of events, go to www.olivefestival.com.
Dine out to benefit HIV/AIDS efforts
The 11th annual Dining Out for Life, a benefit for Food For Thought Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, will take place Thursday at 80 Sonoma County restaurants from Bodega Bay to Sonoma.
When you dine out at a participating restaurant, a percentage of the price of your meal will benefit an HIV/AIDS service organization in your community.
Reservations are recommended. In addition, you are asked to let restaurants know that you are going for Dining Out for Life when you make a reservation.
For a list of participating restaurants, phone numbers and types of meals that will be served (breakfast, lunch and/or dinner), go to www.diningoutforlife.com/sonomacounty.
Diners also have the chance to win prizes in a drawing. And if you donate $25 or more in the raffle envelope, you will receive a
"20 percent off Tuesdays" card for 2013 at the participating restaurants.
Last year, the annual fundraiser raised more than $125,000 for AIDS service organizations.
Burbank Home open house
The Luther Burbank Home &amp; Gardens will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the historic property at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues.