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tastetastic78 Dec 17, 2006 01:47 AM

Has anyone had great store bought pate or foie gras- something that would work for a cocktail party? I know they sell it at Joan's on Third, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods and Surfas but have yet to try any of them. Any recs? Any ones that I missed? Thanks so much.

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    kproq323 Dec 17, 2006 05:19 PM

    Actually Trader Joe's typically carries a brand called the Three Little Pigs. Randomly you can also find it at Smart & Final. It's produced by a boutique company of three french brothers from a history of pate making lineage. Quite good stuff and not too bad priced. Very rich and flavorful. Out of all the packaged pates I have tried, this is one of the best in quality and taste. I think that Bristol Farms and Surfas also carries this brand - but at a little higher price. Good luck!

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    1. re: kproq323
      LeBone Dec 17, 2006 05:27 PM

      I don't know about pate you can buy at Smart & Final.
      "Marcel et Henri" brand I believe is the best. this can aslo be found at Trader Joe's. Smooth, just enough fat content, well seasoned. I can't say the same about the "three little pigs".
      I recommend the country style pork pate with cognac. it comes in nice thick slices, read to be slapped between two pieces of crusty bread and be called dinner.

      1. re: LeBone
        Pei Dec 18, 2006 07:13 PM

        Which Trader Joe's are you guys shopping at? The one in West LA (National) did not have either of these products. I had to settle for Marcel et Henri port chicken liver. Which is good, but no foie gras.

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        ErikaK Dec 19, 2006 07:32 PM

        ? what TJ's sells 3 Little Pigs? I have never seen at either TJ's or S&F in OC. They used to carry at a Ralphs Fresh Fare that I used to go to but now they don't carry it (although occasionally salmon pate). That is my favorite brand, even more so that Dartagnan or Fabrices Delices (sp?), but no one seems to carry. I didn't see at Surfas either...

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        kproq323 Dec 19, 2006 04:17 AM

        You can find it typically at the Trader Joe's in West Hollywood off Santa Monica/Fuller and the La Brea Store off of 3rd Street. I know that "Smart & Final" does not exude gourmet, but they carry both those brands for the trade. Surfas typically carries both. It's just a little cheaper at S & F or Trader Joe's. BTW, the Three Little Pigs is translated in French. Both brands are good, just depends on preference. I prefer pate with a very smooth finish and slightly sweet finish. It's nothing like being in Montreal Canada at the Atwater Marche getting fresh slices at the Pate Counter, but at least it serves the purpose for a quick fix...

        1. Dommy Dec 19, 2006 04:19 AM

          I love the Pate at Normadie Bakery... she makes it fresh...

          http://www.normandieusa.com/html/reta...

          --Dommy!

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            Pei Dec 19, 2006 06:50 AM

            Sounds perfect for a party. How much for a slab (quarter pound or so)? I can call tomorrow if you don't know, but the website isn't saying.

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              Dommy Dec 19, 2006 04:40 PM

              You know, I just called P. to ask and he can't remember... :/ He's the one who has always bought it for me... :) She DOES sell it by weight though and it's not overly pricy :)

              --Dommy!

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            JudiAU Dec 19, 2006 03:14 PM

            Next door little door is selling a very good terrine of foie gras-- we tried it yesterday and I didn't see any use of extenders. Just pure lobe.... Expensive enough that I probably wouldn't serve it at a party. They also had an excellent chicken liver mousse.

            Les Trois Petits Cochons is reliable for country pates and available all over.

            1. Clare K Dec 19, 2006 03:21 PM

              I think Surfas has a good selection of foie gras. Not sure about the price, however.

              1. Fresser Dec 19, 2006 04:49 PM

                Keep in mind hounds that there is a big difference between "pate" and "fois gras". A pate or terrine may contain fois gras, but fois gras is the pure liver. Exception...truffles.

                Bristol farms and many specialty shops carry fois gras. There is fois gras d'oie (goose liver) or canard (duck liver) Rougie is one brand that is imported from France. If you can swing it go for the goose. It's $39.99 for the small boite at Bristol. It's very rich so a little goes a long way. Unfortunately, it does contain perservatives, but still tastes great!

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                  tastetastic78 Dec 19, 2006 06:19 PM

                  Thanks so much for all the help Hounds.
                  I can't wait to try some... or ALL of these :)
                  Happy Holidays.

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                    carter Dec 20, 2006 03:10 AM

                    Silver Lake Cheese store, Le Marmiton in Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica, and the Artisanal Cheese store in Studio City as well as Surfas in Culver City.
                    Artisanal in Studio City is really good if that happens to be your hood. I served it last New Years Eve, and it was the hit appetizer, and by a wide margin. Get some sauternes and dine like kings and queens.

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                      Francesca Dec 20, 2006 05:56 AM

                      Monsieur Marcel @ Farmers Market (3rd & Fairfax) has everything from terrines, truffle mousse, foie gras and several pates, such as country pate (my fav), salmon pate, etc. Check out their website.

                      Of course, homemade is always best.

                      1. DanaB Dec 20, 2006 07:46 AM

                        Nicole's Gourmet in South Pasadena has delicious pate for sale, by the slice or the pound, as well.

                        http://www.nicolesgourmetfoods.com/

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