The Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians, pays tribute to their native meals heritage with a one-game alternate id in 2024. The staff will play because the Barberton Fried Hen and Scorching Rice, an homage to a spicy meals merchandise that has its roots in a small city simply eight miles away.
The dish is attributed to Serbian immigrants Mike and Smilka Topalsky who served fried hen, rice, tomatoes, and scorching peppers in a restaurant within the early Thirties.
“Fried hen and scorching rice have made Barberton the Fried Hen Capital of the World,” stated Jim Pfander, RubberDucks President and Basic Supervisor. “Generations of Akronites have celebrated particular moments round this dish, and folks have flocked from around the globe to Barberton to do that scrumptious, distinctive tackle fried hen.”
Fried Hen and Scorching Rice grew to become a staple of the area on its approach to showing on Meals Community and PBS reveals. It’s nonetheless served in Belgrade Gardens, the household’s restaurant, along with different native institutions like Hopocan Gardens and White Home Hen.
The sport, a part of the staff’s “Solely in Akron” sequence, will happen Friday, June 21.