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When we talk about the top chefs in the Central Florida culinary community, the name Justin Plank rarely comes up, and I don't know why. I may be as much to blame as anyone.

It's not that he hasn't been around a long time or that his cooking hasn't been critically received. And it isn't that his name hasn't been bandied about. You may recall that in the early 2000s, Park Plaza Gardens actually changed its name to Chef Justin's Park Plaza Gardens to celebrate the hiring of Plank as its new head chef.

Following a stint at Lake Port Square in Leesburg, Plank joined the Levy Restaurants team as the executive chef at Disney Springs' Portobello, handpicked for the position by Tony Mantuano, the Chicago chef who advises and directs the Disney restaurant. Portobello then promptly closed so that it could be remodeled and rebranded.

It's now Terralina Crafted Italian and Plank has stayed on at the helm. While much of the menu was initially developed by Mantuano, Plank says that his suggestions for changes have all been given the go ahead. I stopped in to sample some of the menu recently and to see how the restaurant has developed. Everything I tasted -- some of which was offered to me and my guest to try -- was really quite good.

Watch the video version of this review:

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Orlando wine Festival logo

FIRST ON SJO -- Central Florida will get another major wine event with the inaugural Orlando Wine Festival & Auction, March 15 through 17, 2019, sponsored by the Orlando Magic to benefit the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, the organization's major charity.

The weekend will feature wine dinners in private homes; a grand tasting of wine and food prepared by local and nationally recognized chefs; an auction; and a dinner hosted by a celebrity chef. The weekend will culminate with the Magic's home game on Sunday evening.

The event has been in the planning stage for some time, and the original idea, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins, was to have the events all take place in and around Amway Center. However, ongoing construction around the venue became a concern. "Ultimately, we can't do it," Martins said by phone from his office. "Although we do have a really unique opportunity to host it here at the building, I think it would be a pretty major inconvenience for everyone."

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Big Fin Cioppino

Cioppino is a popular fish stew that originated in San Francisco. Legend has it that the fishermen would all contribute -- or chip in -- to a large stew with whatever they'd caught that day.

James Slattery, executive chef at Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, says that "because the region is plentiful with Dungeness crab, you will generally find restaurants including Dungeness as the main seafood in their Cioppino." So he includes it in his.

Watch Slattery show you how to prepare the dish in the video below. Then head out to your favorite fishmongers and ask them to chip in to your own stew.