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Chef Justin Plank Hosts Holiday Cooking Class at Terralina Crafted Italian

Chef Justin Plank hosted a holiday cooking class at Terralina Crafted Italian in Disney Springs. Buon Natale friends from Terralina Crafted Italian! Tis’ the season to gather around the dinner table with your family and friends. To give my Christmas menu some new Italian flavors, I was excited to try the new holiday cooking class hosted by Chef Justin Plank.

Nestled in the back room of Terralina, a large table was all set for the class. Everything was set up family style, so attendees could mingle and mangia together. We were served house-made bread and giardiniera as our glasses of pinot grigio were poured to signal Chef Justin was ready to begin. As he introduced himself and talked about what to expect for the class, I examined the recipe card. My eyes started to twinkle when I saw salmon, swordfish, shrimp, and scallops because I LOVE seafood! Then, the servers brought out fresh house salads as our starters. The salad was fresh and crisp with a light vinaigrette dressing.

The magic had started. With each precise turn of the spatula, Chef Plank took great care to explain what it really takes to make a great risotto. We even got to smell the saffron. He was an excellent teacher. Finally, it was time to devour our bowls of seafood risotto. Smiling from ear to ear, I happily ate bite after bite. It was fantastic! Nothing like comfort food to warm your heart on a chilly afternoon.

Last but not least, they surprised us with dessert and glass of dessert wine. Two beautiful cannolis and a glass of Fattoria Del Cerro make one heck of dessert if you ask me! The cannoli shell had a wonderful crunch and that filling was OH SO DELICIOUS!

Happy holidays famiglia! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it was amazing to sit down, relax and enjoy delicious food. Chef Plank was a gracious host answering questions and sharing all of his professional tips. I am looking forward to recreating this recipe for my family.

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