Pâté, like caviar, is a dish associated with wealth, but some people don't even know what it is. Mention pâté to those in the know and what comes to mind first will either be expensive gourmet duck liver or chopped liver. Both are correct, of course, but pâté is not limited to poultry. Suitable for the grandest occasion, or an inexpensive but rave-drawing appetizer at a dinner party. It can be served hot or cold.