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What should I add to make my risotto spectacular??

I need your expert advice...
I'm making risotto for a cook-off and what I have so far is GOOD, but not mind-blowing.
I made roasted vegetable stock; slow-roasted tomatoes w/garlic, parsley, oregano; and caramelized onions & added aged goat cheese, little bit of parm-reg.
It's tasty, but I need to amp it up so I have a shot at winning! :)
I'd wanted to keep it vegetarian, but will consider adding meat, esp. seafood (just don't wanna break the bank). Also, local to east coast and seasonal is suggested.
Appreciate any and all suggestions, thanks!

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