Potlucks in particular can be a useful tool. A "potluck" is a gathering of people at which everyone brings some form of food (a 'pot' of their own)- what you end up eating, as a whole, depends greatly on 'luck.' In Oklahoma, nopales (cactus, Mexican cuisine) will go over rather well, whereas bringing cooked insects (Native American, Asian, et. al.) will often be sampled poorly.
I try to balance between what locals will actually be willing to sample, and the interesting and wonderful flavours/textures I hope to introduce.
Here is my solution to The Potluck Dilemma: Instant Jellyfish Stirfry
-Another nice thing about the Potluck is that labels are often not present; the following potluck dish looks sufficiently like vegetables and [perhaps] noodles that people do not hesitate to try it.
At least 2 pkts of Instant Jellyfish (available for less than $1 apiece at most Asian food stores)
I normally use Cabbage, Carrots, & Bean Sprouts (In the following demonstration, I replace bean sprouts with snow peas)
A small measure of canola or safflower oil.
A sprinkling of Sesame seeds.
1. Slice/shred Carrots. Slice Snow Peas. Combine all packets of Intant Jellyfish (but not the included spice packets!).
2. Place pan/pot on heat. Add small measure of oil; also add one of the oil packets that was included in the Instant Jellyfish package. Add Carrots, then Cabbage.
4. After the vegetables have been well and truely cooked/ stir-fried, add the Jellyfish.
At this time, add half of the flavouring packets that come with the Instant Jellyfish.
5b. I also print out a small warning label: "Do not eat this if you are allergic to any form of seafood."
Enjoy. Most people find the dish agreeable, even enjoyable.
You can tell them what it was later.