Connecticut restaurants closed in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the Courant to rethink its dining coverage for the foreseeable future. As we saw our personal social media feeds fill up with bread recipes and pictures of homemade pizza, we also saw an opportunity to engage our readers around the thing that connects us all: food. That's when we started the private "Courant Cooking Club" Facebook group.
We grew organically by 500 members in one week by promoting a live recipe demonstration with local chef and "Chopped" winner Xavier Santiago.
You can join the Courant Cooking Club here. There are a lot, a lot of reader recipes to check out.