If you're going to serve drinks, you gotta serve eats. This can be as simple as cheese or popcorn (try flavors from Pop Art, available at local grocers.) But if you’re planning to make an evening of it, you’ll want something more substantial. And if your guests are discerning, you’ll want something from Cucina Deli. Owner Dean Pierose put together a table full of bites from his new small plates menu to complement cocktails. Forget the tedious canapés construction and call Cucina to cater your next soiree. 1026 E. 2nd Ave., Salt Lake City; 801-322-3055

Clockwise from top right:

Shishito Peppers
Grilled flavor bombs, tossed in sea salt. Great with a mojito.

Grilled Artichoke
Marinated, grilled and served with roasted garlic aioli. Perfect with your Primm's.

Duck & Seeds
Smoked duck served with Dijon mustard and sesame seeds. Umami for your bourbon.

Meatballs
Morgan Valley lamb and beef meatballs with whole pine nuts. Try 'em with a Dark and Stormy.

Baby Back Ribs
Pork ribs, smoked and glazed with peach barbecue sauce. Pair with a top shelf margarita.

Center:

Sliders
House smoked pulled pork, topped with slaw and Koolickles. With your whiskey, of course. Pickleback? 

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