If you're stuck with bringing appetizers to a holiday event and want to look like you're thick with the foodies, or if you just want to step it up a notch at your next party, head over to Viande in City Market and pick up some paté from their case right inside the door. We originally found them at the downtown farmers' market (which is still running till Dec. 17) and got weak in the knees over their venison paté, then found that they also have a non-dairy version of this oh-so-buttery treat in their pork rillette. This stuff is dreamy spread on a thin slice of baguette with a little Dijon and sliced cornichon (a tiny French pickle). So simple and yet so perfect!
They also have their own cured meats, duck confit, tasso ham and sausages, plus some prepared foods that are ready to take home and heat up. And you can get all the extras to go with them right there! These guys are well worth seeking out and you'll get addicted, I promise.
Details: Viande Meats and Sausage Co., 735 NW 21st Ave.; Phone 503-221-3012.