Chicken Barberton is the star in the episode of the new PBS ‘Roadfood’

Chicken Barberton is the star in the episode of the new PBS ‘Roadfood’

Chicken Barberton is the star in the episode of the new PBS ‘Roadfood’

Barberton is receiving national attention for its culinary culture – that is, its Barberton chicken tradition – on the new PBS television show “Roadfood: Discovering America One Dish at a Time.”

The new series, presented by television star Misha Collins, aims to rediscover America’s regional culture through its iconic dishes. Barberton’s Belgrade Gardens and White House Chicken, as well as DeVore’s Hopocan Gardens in Norton, are among the local restaurants Collins visited for the show’s sixth episode, available now on PBS Passport.

The 30-minute episode of Barberton, featuring the roots of Serbian fried chicken, will air locally on WVIZ Channel 25 at 11am on February 12 and is expected to air sometime in March on Channels 45. / 49 of WNEO / WEAO.

In his latest television adventure, Collins, who played the angel Castiel on the CW’s “Supernatural” for 12 years, explores the roots of a uniquely American dish in every episode of “Roadfood.” You’re taking on the role of food journalists Jane and Michael Stern, who scoured the United States beginning in the 1970s in search of everyday regional cuisine for their “Roadfood” books, columns, and website, which included writing about fried chicken al Barberton style.

For Collins’ visit to Barberton, which was filmed over two days in October, he learned about the history of Serbian fried chicken from Milos Papich, the third-generation owner of Barberton’s Belgrade Gardens.

The episode features a photo of Papich’s grandparents, Manojlo “Mike” and Smilka Topalsky, Serbian immigrants who founded Belgrade Gardens in 1933. The restaurant was the first to serve Serbian-style fried chicken in Barberton, which would later become known as the capital of fried chicken. of the world with its proliferation of restaurants that serve the dish.

Belgrade Gardens owner Milos Papich, left, and his wife Maja enjoy a moment

Papich said Collins also spoke extensively with his parents, Sophia, 90, and Kosta Papich, 92, who ran the family business for more than 50 years.

“At a time when we serve up to 30,000 meals a week to all of us,” Barberton chicken restaurants in their 1970s heyday, Papich said by phone last month, expanding on a comment he made on the episode “Roadfood “.

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