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UPDATE: 'Strolling Dine Around' Starts Again Wednesday for 2 Days

4th annual progressive dining experience runs 12, 13.

NOTE: This story was updated on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10:40 p.m.

UPDATE, Sunday, 10:40 p.m.

The last two days of "Strolling Dine Around" will be this Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13. The progressive dinner in downtown Healdsburg had its first two days last week.

ORIGINAL STORY,  Dec. 5, 9 a.m.

A popular, three-hour Wine Country dining experience returns to Healdsburg this December.

The Fourth Annual Healdsburg Strolling Dine Around will feature some of the area's finest restaurants. Diners will build their own culinary adventure by choosing four courses (appetizer, first course, main dish and dessert) from 20 participating restaurants - each serving its own distinct cuisine.

Each course is 45 minutes. Between courses, diners will either stroll, or take a short drive to the next restaurant -- allowing time to enjoy the charm of downtown Healdsburg -- adorned beautifully for the holidays in December. It's an opportunity to relax, and get into the spirit of the season.

Hundreds of people have participated in the Strolling Dine Around each year, and it continues to grow, with an anticipated 400 attendees this year. Event coordinator Lori Moore said one of the reasons for the event's success is the diverse variety of dining options in Healdsburg.

"It's a golden opportunity for people to enjoy Healdsburg while experiencing cuisine from around the world, including a new Portuguese restaurant, Greek, Italian and more," Moore said. "There are also seafood and American options. It's shaping up to be our biggest and best event yet."

Based on the event, the time of year, and the good cause, people have given Strolling Dine Around tickets as an early gift for the holidays, or a unique employee bonus.

The four-course progressive Strolling Dine Around is Wednesday and Thursday evenings, December 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2012. Start times are 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $89 per person (tax and gratuity included).

Attendees have a choice of appetizer, first course, main dish and dessert from the following restaurants:

Appetizers
Agave Mexican Restaurant
Bravas bar de Tapas
Campo Fina
Sake'O Japanese Restaurant
Sizzling Tandoor Indian Restaurant

First course
Café Lucia
El Farolito Mexican Restaurant
spoonbar
Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar
Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar

Main dish
Baci Café & Wine Bara
Barndiva
Mateo's Cocina Latina
Relish Culinary Adventures
Restaurant Charcuterie
Taverna Sofia

Dessert
Bear Republic Brewing Company
Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen
Moustache Baked Goods
Ravenous Café & Lounge

People can visit www.healdsburg.com for a complete menu showcasing the epicurean delights being served during the Strolling Dine Around. It's a good idea to make reservations early in order to get first choice of date, time and restaurant selections. At the time of the reservation, participants will select a first and second choice. A confirmation of the reservation will be mailed to each attendee, along with a detailed map and guide to participating restaurants.

Visa and Mastercard are accepted, as are cash and checks, and purchases are final. Wine will be available for purchase at participating restaurants, and attendees may bring their own bottle. A standard corkage fee may apply.

The Strolling Dine Around is sponsored by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, and the Wine Road Northern Sonoma County. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Healdsburg Shared Ministries Food Pantry and the North Coast Consortium Program.

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