We love these plates. You can hang them on the wall in an interesting display or use them as small trays, or even a fruit bowl of sorts. Yes, they are food safe! The edges curve up just enough to hold items in place. The little feet on the bottom have extra holes if you want to run wire through them in order to hang one on the wall. The finish on the front is reminiscent of the veining in large leaves and the crackle details add another layer of interest to their overall look.