When I first wrote about the food porn and friendship phenomenon in May 2020, the group had topped 7,000 members.
They were hosting pandemic Iron Chef competitions. Local businesses handed out gift cards.
It became a force of friendship.
They celebrated that Saturday.
Kushner described it as “pretty awesome.”
Members of the group were ready to see each other face-to-face, she said.
“People had been asking all through the winter that, when summer came, they wanted to have some sort of get together.”
COVID-19 cases were in free fall as people lined up for vaccinations.
And the Fourth of July weekend felt like a good time to gather.