My Foot is a Desert, my brother Abe McCowan’s final MFA Thesis Exhibit + Vedged Out Catering Menu and Recipes

All photos in this post courtesy of Chelle McCall

Menu for the Show

For all the recipes for the show, please click here


  • Curried Brown Rice Salad with celery, cranberries, green onion and cashews
  • Ultimate French Green Lentil Salad with radishes, red onion and capers
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips and Homemade Hummus
  • Organic Corn Tortilla Chips and homemade Fire Roasted Salsa
Vegan Cheese & Cracker Platter:
  • Pepperjack Cashew Cheese & Wheat Thins/Gluten Free Cracker option
  • Macadamia Nut Brie
Snack Cups:
  • Filled with Sesame Sticks, Coconut Shreds, mini vegan chocolate chips, tamari pepitas, pistachios, golden raisins, wasabi peas and amazing corn snack
Vegetable Tray:
  • Assorted Olives, Cucumber, Grape Tomatoes, Broccoli, Celery Sticks, Baby Carrots, with Cashew Vegan Ranch Dressing
Fruit Tray:
  • Strawberries, Watermelon, Grapes, Pineapples, Blueberries, Kiwi & Pears
  • Gluten Free  & Regular Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  • Gluten Free & Regular Vegan Lemon Bars
  • Iced Water
  • Homemade Ginger Ale Lemonade


  1. Oh my goodness, you weren’t kidding about all the food you had to provide! Looks like it was a great success 🙂 Strangely, my oldest brother is a pen and ink artist. Haven’t seen him in 20 some years, he’s in China currently. You’re so lucky and your brother as well to have helped out at this. A great opportunity for both of you I’m sure 🙂 Great job Somer!

    1. When Abe first contacted me, he thought there would be about 30 people at the show. The week of the event, the number had grown closer to 90. I estimate that in the end, there were over 150 people who came through the show. Good thing we switched to smaller plates! We had plenty of food for everyone and even sent some home to starving college students.

      That’s sad you haven’t seen your brother in so long! I’d love to see his work.

      It was such a wonderful thing to be a part of. Putting this post together had me all emotional. I’m so proud of him. xx

  2. Congrats Abe! Your brother is very talented. And in true vegged out fashion you gave us the menu from the reception. Well done!

    1. Thanks Annie, it really was such a special thing to be a part of…. Just don’t ask me to do anything similar for a while 😉

  3. Holy crab balls, Somer! You have just risen a step on the pedestal that I keep for you. And that is a lot considering you were already on the highest one!! Looks like an awesome event. There were a couple of pieces on the wall (pic with two guys on either side, one with hand and/or “cousin” in it) I could envision on my own walls.

    Now. Go take a nap. For a few days. 🙂

    1. I read this last night and laughed til I cried! Much needed comic relief! Glad you liked those prints. Pretty amazing, that’s Abe and my nephew and then my little niece. So fun to have all my family there. Yes, I dearly need a nap! xoxo

  4. Wow, Somer! I would be so stressed out to make vegan food for so many people! You did a beautiful job . . . Well done! You make everything you do look so easy! Thank you for sharing the recipes as well. You continue to inspire me!

    1. I admit it was a little stressful when I found out how many people would be attending (good thing I didn’t realize how many would really show up) but once I got a game plan together for food (far different from my original food plan). It was like easy methodical clockwork. But if you asked me if I would do another event like this…. The answer would be no. I had a several catering requests at the show and I had to turn them down. Just not my thing…. xx

    1. It was a boatload of food! Thanks so much Brandi. I was totally honored to cater the show for him. It made me all emotional putting this post together. Super proud.

    1. Hey, I know you’ve pulled off vegan events, and that it’s no small feat! I’m so glad you think the art is beautiful, it was incredible to see it all come together.

  5. You have such an amazing family Somer! It must have been so much fun to cater your brothers exhibit, I would have been in heaven and wish I could have attended….all that vegan food and art- amazing!!!

  6. oh wow.. super wow.. look at all that delicious food and so many choices!! so cool that you made the spread for your bro.. that is some fantastic art!
    Vedgedout Awesomeness!!

  7. Congrats to you, your lovely vegan recipes & your dear brother’s artwork! They all look incredible!

    Your brother looks really cool too! 🙂 Congrats on it all! Good for you that that woman & others are & were admiring your vegan recipes & dishes! Well done you!! xxxNow, I am going to make a few recipes of yours! 🙂

  8. Good to see you aren’t the only talented one Somer ;). Art for the soul and the belly, great mix, a win-win combination. Everyone who went was truly lucky 🙂

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