All of our cutting boards are completely food safe as we only use woods, glues, oils and waxes that are intended for food contact. We treat both sides of our cutting boards so that either side can be used for food preparation. We have found that many prefer to display one surface (especially when engraved) as a part of their décor while the other side is the functional side used for cutting food items. Engravings can be added for an additional fee. We also sell cheese slicers in many of the same patterns as our face grain cutting boards which would make for a great matching set (in addition to other styles). We also sell coasters made from the same species for a consistent aesthetic. With proper care, these boards will provide the cooks of the home with years and years of use.