Copper Pot gives you your fill of barbecued chicken
As the season's best produce ripens, Copper Pot Food Company owner Stefano Frigerio is collecting surplus harvest from area farms--fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted--for his line of robust tomato sauces and elegant fruit-based jams.
Frigerio's new summer lineup features fresh-from-the-farm pastas like fire-grilled sweet-corn tortellini ($8) and lemon-rosemary papardelle ($5), but the most enticing (and labor-intensive) new product is the fresh beer-can chicken ravioli ($8).
Frigerio mans the grill on your behalf, rubbing whole local chickens with a spice blend that includes paprika, rosemary and garlic. He then stuffs each bird with a can of Japanese beer and grills it over wood to create a deeper charred flavor.
Each juicy, beer-infused bird is shredded, then used as a filling for fresh homemade pasta, making enough ravioli for two people.
Frigerio recommends topping the pasta with a beer-butter sauce (click here to download the recipe) to enhance the chicken's flavor. Needless to say, it also pairs well with artisan summer ales.
Copper Pot Food Company's beer-can chicken ravioli is available at the Dupont Farmers' Market on Sundays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), 1500 20th St. NW (between Massachusetts Ave. and Q St.) and at the 14 and U Farmers' Market on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.); copperpotfoodco.com
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