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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