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Good take out/take home pate?

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I just had some excellent pate at Barberian's and I was wondering if any pre-prepared ones come close. I'm having a few friends over this weekend and would love to include it in my appetizer spread. Any suggestions?

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  1. I take it you're looking for something out of the ordinary. Something that's not one of the typical Summersweet pates or the ones that Alex Farm and many others seem to carry.

    Two suggestions. Try Atelier Thuet on Yonge for prepackaged portions of very interesting game and mixed pates. There are usually four or five around, and they tend to price out at around $4 per 100 grams. They include a base studded with game meats and foie gras, or variations on de campagne. Not stuff you see anywhere else in the city, and fairly right for the price.

    Gilead Cafe or Hank's retail Jamie Kennedy's pates and terrines (probably better selection at Gilead, which seems to be the production kitchen.

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    1. re: Snarf

      Snarf, where is Atelier Thuet on Yonge located. I only know of the Liberty Village location.

      Thanks Porto

      1. re: Porto

        Atelier Thuet is on Yonge right across from the Summerhill LCBO. A couple of doors from Rosedale Diner.

        1. re: Porto

          It is across the road from the summerhill liquor store beside rosedale diner

      2. Scheffler's Deli at SLM has a wide variety of pates, rilettes, and mousses - alot of which are from Quebec. I usually pick up 1 or 2 a week, and the quality is excellent. They range from duck, pork, quail, pheasant, and mixed meats.

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        1. re: mramage

          on the quebec tip try A Taste of Quebec in the distillery
          They've got in-house creton there too

          1. re: CoffeeAddict416

            Does Pussataries carry any decent Pate??

            1. re: Porto

              "Antoine's Peppercorn Pate"
              ..it came out years ago and I still use it frequently..I get it at Loblaws (Dupont & Christie)...they don't always have in in stock so I would call them (ask for Deli Counter/Lori) first if you don't live in the vicinity.

              1. re: pearlD

                I went to Gilead cafe to buy some pate but they didn't have any so I found this in my local Sobey's. Thank you for the rec, pearlD!!! This pate exceeded all my expectations :-)

            2. re: CoffeeAddict416

              have you tried the cretons? how much are they pricing it at? i think it was double what you pay in jean talon at schefflers in slm and not as tasty.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                I've had the creton at Scheffler's, and I wouldn't say it's "excellent." Kind of bland, but if you've never had creton before, it will probably be fine.

                I haven't found any comparable to what you can get in Ottawa or Quebec, but I make my own at home from my grandma's recipe, so it's not a big loss for me.

                1. re: tjr

                  i never said it was "excellent." the cretons at jean talon is heads and tails above it.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    No, no, I wasn't referring to you; I was speaking to mramage's post. Just seconding your opinion that it isn't incredible :-)

                    1. re: tjr

                      oops! thanks for clarifying... you'd think after all this time i'd know better and look further up the thread ;) btw... if you'd care to share your cretons recipe i'd be super ecstatic. after the awesome cretons from jean talon that had a slight pink tinge and was just a touch silky... i've been debating just making my own since nothing else in this town will do!

          2. I've gotten a chicken liver pate from Gilead Cafe that was delicious. Also got a pork terrine from them that was well received.

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            1. re: stw

              I've bought some excellent pates at both Summerhill Market and Cumbrae's. One in particular is pheasant and pistachio. I have to refrain from eating the entire slice it is that yummy.

            2. I enjoyed the duck liver pate at the Healthy Butcher on Eglinton W. Nice brandy flavour to it.

              One excellent pate which I used to get was the pate de campagne (country pate=coarse) at Patachou. That was years ago, so I don't know if they still make it...anyone?

              1. All the Best Fine Foods just south of the Summerhill LCBO has a great collection of pates.

                1. For something local and artisanal, check out Saucier Foods. They have a variety of game pates as well as a very rich foie gras pate. If you go to their website, you can find where they are carried or order directly from them - www.saucierfoods.com

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                  1. re: soko

                    Thanks for this link soko. As the name implies, this also looks like a good source for veal demi glace and other sauce bases - very useful info!

                  2. the Healthy Butcher on Queen west of Spadina always carries both chicken and duck liver pate - pricey if you're not used to organic meat prices, but very well worth every penny IMO.

                    1. A quick update on take out/take home pates. Local producer Saucier Foods has a range of pates (duck breast, pork, creton etc.) available at Wychwood, Trinity Bellwoods and Withrow Farmer's Markets. Check out the attached photo I got, they are really good, some are en croute (no need for crackers!). Not sure if you can order them directly www.saucierfoods.com, but you can call and find out.

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                      1. re: soko

                        I've tried the duck pate, Mrs foodDudey loves it. There's nothing that they sell that we don't like. Roger's pastries are very good.

                        1. re: soko

                          Nice pic, soko. Is the near one the cretons? And the one on the right pate de campagne? They look awesome.

                          1. re: Yongeman

                            Yes, I believe you are correct, also duck pate, and I believe a rabbit pate is also made.

                            1. re: soko

                              the five game pate at black angus meats is amazing, great taste and great texture with small chunks of meats here and there.

                        2. Cheese Boutique sells *the most* delicious chicken liver pate with peppercorns I have ever had anywhere in the world, let alone in Toronto.