Definition: A zakuska is a "little bite" in Russian language and a celebrated element to Russian traditional foods. Best likened to an appetizer or an hors d'oeuvre, a zakuska precedes a meal and might be accompanied by champagne or vodka. A traditional zakuska might consist of caviar with buttered bread, pickled herring, or marinated vegetables. The plural form of the word "zakuska" is "zakuski." Many zakuski might be served at a party or before dinner on a special occasion.