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Culinary to-dos and deals for insatiable epicureans …

… Don’t forget the Main Line Jazz and Food Festival this weekend, June 7-8, in Wayne. New this year is the Land Rover Main Line Stroll on Saturday from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., with performances at various eating and drinking establishments along the Line. For more details, schedules and locations for Saturday night, and for Sunday’s main stage line-up, go to mainlinejazz.com/schedule.

… Conshy’s Stella Blu knows how to please its customers—and Sex and the City fans. During the local run of the highly anticipated movie, they’ll be serving up complimentary Cosmopolitans for the ladies, and a “Mr. Big” shot or cocktail for the guys—with ticket stubs. Even more tantalizing is the Summer Lobster Special—Thursday nights through Labor Day—which includes a 1.5-pound whole lobster, linguini aioli and tomato basil salad for $35. Mangia …

… If you are heading into town to catch a little culture on June 18, you might want to make a stop at Academy Café in the Doubletree Hotel. From 6-8 p.m., the restaurant will host an Australian Wine Dinner ($45 per person includes food, wines, tax and gratuity), featuring wines from Angove’s Winery in Australia, which received “Winery of the Year” from Peter Forrestal of Quaff for 2008, and a four-course menu from executive chef Neal Drinkwine (crazy coincidence, we know). Play “The Aroma Wheel of Fortune,” and get a jump on your wine knowledge with a discussion led by Cherie Vallance-Tucker, premium wine manager of Trinchero Family Estates. The evening’s menu and wine list include:

First Course
South African lobster and crab, with preserved lemons and tarragon crème

Second Course
New Zealand lamb loin on baby field greens with Dijon vinaigrette

Third Course
Seared Barramundi, with leek tomato, organic quinoa, orange vinaigrette and roasted spring vegetables

Doubletree Encore
Gelato, Mini Tuille Cup
Ginger Crème Brulee
Chocolate Entremet
Seasonal Berries

Angove’s Nine Vines Viognier
Angove’s Nine Vines Rose
Angove’s Nine Vines Shiraz/Viognier
Angove’s Red Belly Black Chardonnay
Angove’s Red Belly Black Shiraz

Call Charles Riddick at (215) 893-1665 for reservations.

… In other wine-tasting news, World Café Live is hosting a French–Mediterranean wine dinner ($65/person) June 17 at 7 p.m. Executive chef Matthew Babbage will match eight regional wines with six courses. Call (215) 222-1400.