[Sca-cooks] "Zakuska" table
t.d.decker at att.net
Sun Feb 22 21:18:01 PST 2009
> Bear replied to me with:
> <<< What's a "Zakuska" table?
> Stefan >>>
> It's a snack table or smorgasbord. The word derives from the Russian
> "zakusit'," "to take a small bite." It's unclear just when the practice
> developed, but I suspect the modern Zakuska table dates from the 18th
> Century when Russia began to embrace European modernity.
> So is this more like a buffet? or a sideboard or something else?
> Shoshanna sounded like she did one during or in addition to a Russian
> themed feast. So, Shoshanna, was this more like a tasting-table or a
> sideboard? Both of which we've discussed here, or was it something else?
A zakuska table can be just about anything you want it to be. It can be a
buffet, a tasting table or hors d'oeuvres. It is generally accompanied by
tea, coffee, champagne or vodka. In formal dining, there is a strict order
in which dishes on the zakuska table are sampled, but I don't remember the
order other than starting with the cold dishes and ending with the hot
dishes (if any).
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