Acacia Wood Serveware Giveaway from Pacific Merchants
November 20, 2014

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I’m so excited about today’s giveaway!

Months ago, the lovely folks at Pacific Merchants Trading Company reached out to me, asking if I’d like to sample some of their products. To give you some background, Pacific Merchants is a small, family run business that passionately seeks the best and most beautiful products around the globe. They sell eco-friendly, acacia hardwood serveware, fermenting crocks, lovely Kilner canning jars, bakeware and baking accessories, and colorful placemats. The company sells these items at a fair price, encouraging food lovers everywhere to take pleasure in simple, high quality home goods.

It was hard to decide which items to select from Pacific Merchants, because everything is so beautiful; I have my eyes on the bakeware and placemats now! But for the time being, I needed some new serveware, so I asked if I could try out the round calabash salad bowl, the wood salad/pasta servers, and the wood chip and dip tray. I’ve now had some time to use these beautiful pieces at home, for simple suppers, snack plates, and entertaining, and I’m so happy with them. Many of you have noticed the salad bowl in blog pictures or on Instagram, and a few of you have asked about it. It’s spacious and lovely:

Spice Rubbed Cauliflower, Kale, and Pomegranate Salad // Choosing Raw

Here it is, stuffed to the brim with my spice rubbed cauliflower, kale, and pomegranate salad.


 Or here, as a vehicle for my farro salad with roasted zucchini, cashew cheese, and mint.

The bowl measures 12″ x 4″, so it’s nice and spacious — perfect for those of us who like our salads large and in charge 😉

The salad/pasta servers, meanwhile, are unique and beautifully designed:


So much nicer than putting two large kitchen spoons into my salad bowl, which is what I usually do in a pinch.

Finally, the chip and dip tray.

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This is obviously designed for chips + guac, or the like, but you could use it for freshly warmed pita bread and hummus, nut pate and raw vegetable sticks, or even chocomole and fresh strawberries (for a sweet dipping plate), or my raw, vegan salted caramel sauce and apple slices. Yum!

I’ve enjoyed these beautiful pieces so much, and I love knowing that this serveware is so environmentally conscious. Some features of the Pacific Merchants Acaciaware®:

  • The hardwood is harvested from privately owned lands.
  • Acacia wood is naturally resinous, resisting penetration by liquids and the hardwood will not stain or pick up odors.
  • All of Pacific Merchants Acaciaware®  acacia wood bowls are hand turned, and other acacia wood items are hand carved, giving each piece a unique grain and beautiful look.
  • Packing material is eco-friendly, made from recycled shredded cardboard boxes.
  • Acaciaware® is easy care–just hand wash with warm soapy water and air dry.

I asked the folks at Pacific Merchants if they’d be willing to share some of their signature Acaciaware® with a lucky Choosing Raw reader, and they generously said yes. Enter my giveaway below to win:

  1. 1 round calabash salad bowl
  2. 1 set 7″ salad/pasta servers
  3. 1 13″ x 9″ organic chip and dip tray

The giveaway is open to US entries only. Enter below to win!

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Additional good news for everyone: if you don’t want to wait to have one of these lovely pieces of serving ware, you can shop online at the Pacific Merchants Trading Company website, and enter the coupon code “ChoosingRaw20” for a 20% discount at checkout. These bowls make beautiful holiday gifts–for you, or for a loved one!

Enjoy, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with a green recovery post that is, simply put, extraordinary. I can’t wait to share it with you.


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  1. I’m most excited to sample the spice rubbed cauliflower, kale, and pomegranate salad..

  2. YaHoooOOOOooooOOOOO!!! I have wanted a round calabash salad bowl for over 2 years! I’ve never been able to find one locally, and now you are having a give away … I guess you can tell that the pitter-patter of my heart is all over the anticipation of having a round calabash salad bowl 🙂 It’s beautiful!

  3. The bowl looks so great! I would love to have one of these. It’s much prettier than using a light blue plastic mixing bowl for my big salads 😛

  4. I am excited about the salad bowl. It is so pretty. I would have a hard time figuring out if I would keep it or gift it to my mom in-law who does more hosting than I do.

  5. Such beautiful wooden kitchen heirlooms from Pacific Merchants. Ty for the lovely contest; hope I win. Know that eating from natural items is energetically balanced. #gratitude

  6. I’ve just recently started adding wooden dishware to my kitchen pantry. I love this stuff. I bought koa wood because it’s local; this acacia wood sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing about it’s eco-friendly features.

  7. I would be most excited for the salad bowl. I love making huge salads, but I usually just eat mine out of a pyrex bowl.

  8. Chip and dip would be great addition to my kitchen . I can make and serve guacamole with homemade tortilla chips and veggies. Thanks

  9. I love all three, but if I had to choose–the chip and dip tray!

    Thanks to you and Pacific Merchants for the giveaway 🙂

  10. Exquisite to the eye eco-friendly acacia hardwood containers, harvested from privately owned lands. Brilliant!

  11. They are all so beautiful, I can’t pick one out!! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  12. I LOVE the chip and dip tray! Even though I’m a lonely, busy college student and don’t (ahem….can’t afford to) host parties, I have hummus, carrots, and crackers EVERY DAY as a snack and this would just make everything more fun! I’d finally have a reason to take pictures of my food haha!

  13. I’m most excited about the salad bowl, but they’d all make great gifts for people on my list!

  14. I would loooove that salad bowl. I actually had that same bowl a while ago, but I dropped it and it broke 🙁 It was my favorite bowl ever!

  15. Definitely most excited about the salad bowl! As a graduate student in a small apartment, I am very short on attractive serving dishes. And as a nutrition student who likes to have healthy potluck dinners, this bowl would be a huge help in my kitchen.

  16. Absolutely stunning pieces, all of them! Oh, what I would do to have them in my prop collection… We could make such beautiful pictures together. <3

  17. The salad bowl is gorgeous! I’ve been looking for the perfect wooden serving bowl forever, I love the design and warm feel of this one!

  18. The salad/pasta servers for sure! You have no idea how much I need a better utensil for tossing and serving salads!

  19. All the pieces are lovely, but I think I would really like those pasta/salad servers.. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  20. I love the salad bowl, but I have to say after looking at the website I’m pretty sure I want everything now! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this wonderful giveaway!

  21. I am super excited about the salad bowl! Like you, I make huge salads (and often eat them out of the serving bowl, such is the single life), and that salad bowl is the perfect size!

  22. SO Beautiful! I have been looking for something like that! Thank you for this and for all the daily inspiration!

  23. You know, it’s funny but I think the servers would be my favorite piece. Although I love that bowl, too!

  24. i wouldn’t have thought about the sourcing of a beautiful piece like this — your post is a good reminder to be conscious of not just the food in it, but the wood itself!

  25. The servers are so lovely, and so too the other items. The wood is gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  26. The serving/salad bowl is gorgeous! I have always loved the look of wood dishes, I’ve just been afraid they wouldn’t hold up to consistent use or that they would take on the zesty flavor of some vegan sauces. Thank you for testing these! It looks like they’ve held up beautifully!

  27. I always love the way wood looks as a serving vessel. The quality of those pieces looks great too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Love everything – going to look at the website to see what else they have, too. Curious about how to take care of a wood salad bowl… I love those servers that come with it. 🙂

  29. I’m a college and I have hardly any dishware. I would be most excited to win the bowl because I could use it for everything from salads to acai bowls!

  30. Gena,
    I left a comment & tried to enter the giveaway, but it said that it would process my entry. Is there anyway that I can still enter this giveaway in time?
    Thank you,
    Sarah Grace

  31. I think the chip and dip tray is the most exciting. There are more possibilities for it than just chips and dip

  32. These items are so beautiful. I would love to try them all, but especially the bowl. It would be something that I would really use.

  33. The chip and dip tray is adorable! That’s something you usually give as a gift/get as a gift but don’t buy for yourself. Love it!

  34. We used to have something similar when I was growing up and I loved using them for family gatherings!

  35. Hey Gena, I’m really enjoying all your Thanksgiving ideas (and I’ve already promised one of my best friends your raw caramel apple pie bars!)

    Cool company…and the size of that salad bowl is making me happy (I can never find a bowl in the kitchen at work that will hold all my salady goodness!)

  36. The chip and dip tray is so unique! Also, you can never go wrong with a giant salad bowl 🙂

  37. The salad bowl and utensils are lovely! All the pieces look like they are of fine craftsmanship.

  38. I love the salad bowl for its beauty and for how often I would use it. But those pasta/salad servers are so beautifully designed!

  39. I can only imagine how beautiful my salads and dishes would look in this wooden bowl! I love the salad servers, they are so unique. 🙂

  40. I have a feeling the salad bowl is the piece that would get the most use here, but I could be wrong: I can imagine finding a thousand ways to use the chips and dip tray, too.

  41. The salad/pasta servers are so different! I’d love to test them out. Or just display them because they’re so pretty & different looking!