Sustainable Serving Trays: Or Gifts for the Cook

They say that we first eat with our eyes. If something looks appealing, it generally tastes better. Even chips and dip taste better when served in a pretty bowl, rather than eating out of the bag. The holidays are filled with opportunities to entertain friends and family with dinner, dessert, or a night of appetizers and games. While disposable serving bowl and platters may seem like the “easy solution,” there’s nothing simple about landfills.

Whether you’re hosting a get-together or looking for a great gift for the cook on your list, you can’t go wrong with these gorgeous (and eco-friendly) serving dishes.

imageEach bowl and platter is hand-made from sustainable mango wood. Stunning on their own, or bring a rustic-chic element to your table.

Use the platter as a cheese tray, for cookies, or roasted vegetables. The slightly curved edge make it an appealing piece for any room of the house.

On the table, use the bowl for bread, salad, or mashed potatoes. It even elevates an everyday bowl fruit. Or, borrow the Pinterest idea and set a wine glass inside for salsa/dip, and surround the stem with a bowl full of chips. $59.95

mango bowl-spoonNot just for salt, this adorable mango wood bowl and spoon is perfect for dips, jelly, grated parmesan cheese, you name it!

Or, take it out of the kitchen and use for bath salts or holding rings. $29.95

imageThis reclaimed wooden spice box is one of my favorites!

Great for everyday spices, sprinkles for baking, or hiding your personal stash of chocolates!

The sliding top makes it convenient, and safe, for holding rings by the sink. Or, set it on the entry table for loose change and keys. $24.95

20121128-060624.jpgEvery baker (or dessert-bringer!) needs a PieBox! Hand-made from raw pine in Chicago, this box is designed to hold a deep-dish 9″ pie…because Chicagoans know their deep-dish!

This sturdy Piebox keeps your dessert in one piece during transport, and keeps “little nibblers” out before dessert is served.

In addition to dessert, use the Piebox to hold artisan cheeses,
photographs, and keepsakes. $38.95

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