Okay, there is no such thing as pleasing everyone, but that's never stopped me from trying. So whenever I have to make a dish for a potluck, I agonize over what to bring. I want to bring something that the elusive "everyone" will like: something that will impress the meat eaters with how tasty vegan food is, and something that will intrigue the vegans who have seen it all before. Can't. Be. Done.
I've come to realize that there is no pleasing everyone, so you have to please yourself and your family. But there are some dishes that work better for potlucks than others. Here are some guidelines:
Make it a Meal. And Get There First. These are probably the most important things to remember if you're likely to be the lone vegan. Bring a main dish, preferably one containing all the food groups, because there may not be much else for you to eat. You may be tempted to dazzle people with your baking skills, but do you really want to take the chance of having only banana bread to eat? And be the first in line, even if it makes you look like you're starving, because vegan dishes are often the first to go. It's one of the universal laws of potlucks.