History Channel's "Food Tech" visits Marburger Farm Dairy in Evans City

A local dairy farm is being highlighted on the History Channel's newest addition to its Thursday night lineup.

"Food Tech" premiered Jan. 21 with host and self-proclaimed food connoisseur Bobby Bognar. Mr. Bognar travels around the country breaking down exactly where and how food gets from the ground, farm or even factory all the way to the plate.

Last year, for a segment on how buttermilk is made, he visited the Marburger Farm Dairy in Evans City.

"They were there for almost a whole day filming for a seven-minute segment on the hour-long show," said sales representative Rita Marburger Reifenstein. "Instead of 15 minutes of fame, we have seven. We're very excited."

The segment airs on next week's show (9 p.m., March 4), which focuses on breakfast. Mr. Bognar gets behind a typical IHOP meal: buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage.

"A lot of people love their buttermilk. It's a specialty item," Ms. Reifenstein says on the show. "Older people remember it from their youth when grandma used to make it."

Marburger Farm Dairy has been known for its buttermilk for well over 30 years, and in a recent competition was ranked in the top three in the U.S. (The dairy offers nearly 100 recipes in the "Marburger Farm Dairy Buttermilk Cookbook," which you can get for $4; visit marburgerdairy.com or call 724-538-4800.)

The show doesn't reveal any trade secrets, but Mr. Bognar tries his hand at milking a cow and adding the culture to the machinery that churns the milk.

"I haven't had [buttermilk] in maybe 30 years, since my grandma died. To be honest it wasn't a flavor I remembered too fondly," he says on the show, just before taking a sip of Marburger buttermilk. "Boy, that's really good. I think my grandma just didn't drink the good stuff."

Jessica Chapman: jchapman@post-gazette.com . First Published February 25, 2010 5:00 AM


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