• 14Sep
    To Our Amazing FedEx Volunteers!

     On September 13, 2011 something amazing transpired on the Open Hand/Good Measure Meals campus.  Over 120 volunteers from FedEx flooded our midtown home and worked relentlessly to help us meet our mission and at the same time spruce up the place a bit.  From prepping and packing Open Hand meals, to helping with maintenance needs, Open Hand welcomed the amazing work that these individuals put forth.  For Good Measure, we were lucky to secure a small group of highly motivation and might I add skilled volunteers, who- in a minimal amount of time- beautified our building!

    If you have the opportunity to visit the Good Measure Offices, you will now find new flower beds alongside some Kale and trimmed foliage that has our entire staff delighted! It is amazing what a committed group of individuals can do when given a cause!  What a fine display of selfless philanthropy!

    From our family to yours, we thank you FedEx!

  • 07Sep

    Tomorrow night is the 8th Annual Party in the Kitchen – A Benefit for Open Hand!

    Co-chairs Mary Williams, Sally Hawn and Chef Kevin Rathbun along with our Host Committee invite you to enjoy an evening of music, cocktails and exquisite cuisine prepared by the best chefs from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. Our 8th annual event promises to be an evening you will never forget.

    A silent auction offering a fabulous array of items and a live auction featuring a fabulous dinner for eight prepared in-home by Chef Kevin Rathbun and friends will highlight the evening.

    Individual tickets and Patron packages are available, and can be purchased online or by calling Kristin Conover at 404-419-3333. We look forward to seeing you there!

    To view pictures from last year’s event, visit Open Hand’s Facebook Page.


  • 01Aug

    As many of you reading this know, 100% of the proceeds from Good Measure Meals benefits the Atlanta non-profit, Open Hand, which provides home delivered meals and nutrition education to homebound seniors and others living with chronic illness and disabilities throughout Metro Atlanta.

    Fuel for our refrigerated delivery trucks makes up a good chunk of our operating expenses.  And as we all know firsthand, fuel costs have escalated by approximately $1.00 per gallon in Georgia in the past year.  Escalating fuel costs affect our wallets in two ways:  directly when we purchase gas for our cars, and indirectly when we purchase goods delivered by fuel-dependent transportation.

    This year, Citgo will give away $120,000 in gas prizes to 24 charities nationwide through their 2011 Fueling Good Program.  Help us help our non-profit, Open Hand, be one of the charities to benefit!

    How can you help?

    Go to http://fuelinggood.com/rewardinggood?id=792405, click “Vote for Us Today,” enter a valid email address, enter the code in the box, then click “Vote.”

    You can vote daily, so please click on the link above to cast your vote each day until August 15th!



  • 25Apr

    It is on rare occasion that the staff of Good Measure Meals gets to promote eating out, so when we do it’s always for a great cause!  Next week is Dining Out for Life, an annual fundraiser for our parent nonprofit, Open Hand.  There are over 100 restaurants participating, and all you have to do to get involved is dine out and 20% of your bill goes to Open Hand’s Comprehensive Nutrition Care Program.  If you aren’t familiar with our cause, please take the time to check out our mission and the impact we have on community health and education at www.projectopenhand.org .

    Just like last year, Jess Parsons and I have decided to host at West Egg Cafe, one of our favorite Atlanta eateries. Being in the food and nutrition industry, we are often drawn to restaurants that truly embody a passion for good eats.  West Egg Cafe continues to appeal to our senses as well as creativity, which is why we felt a compelled to once again collaborate with Owners Jennifer and Ben Johnson.   They continually introduce fun and quirky concepts that appeal to our need for comfort food while completely wowing our culinary appetites.

    West Egg Cafe's Special Wednesday Night Deal: $10 Burger & Pint

    We’ll be at West Egg Cafe on Wednesday April 27thbetween 6-9:30PM and we’d love for you to join us and experience everything this fun establishment has to offer! It is lucky for us that Wednesday nights just happens to be West Egg’s special $10 burger and pint night. This deal includes West Egg’s special burger (double patty, American cheese, housemade pickles, on a Holeman & Finch bun) and the choice of any beer or a milkshake for only $10.  They’ve got all local beers on tap (Sweetwater, Terrapin, Red Brick), plus a variety of bottled beers.  They make their our own softserve ice cream for the milkshakes (and, with a full bar, they do “adult” milkshakes as well!).  Speaking of full bar . . . they’ve got some specialty cocktails that are perfect for warmer weather.  Jen Johnson’s favorite cocktails are “The Seersucker” – gin, homemade lemonade, basil and the “Maple Mint Julep” – bourbon, maple syrup, mint. You can check out their full menu by clicking here.

    We hope that you’ll decide to Dine Out For Life on Wednesday!

  • 02Mar

    The Sweetwater Brewing Company has invited Open Hand as one of the nonprofit guest brewers in this year’s Brew Your Cask Off event. Sweetwater has invited about 80 other guest amateur brewers. The list includes many well-known restaurants around town, some celebrities, some media, and also some nonprofits. Basically these guest brewers will come up with their own flavor and ingredients and, with Sweetwater’s help; they will create their own special brew. Each beer will be judged and awards will be given out. There is a “charity award” category, which will go to the best nonprofit beer. Cross your fingers for an Open Hand win! 5 lucky winners will have their casks recreated to be sampled in a cask ale taste at the Sweetwater 420 Festival. Volunteers from the Home Depot have created Open Hand’s special brew – Peach Fuzz Ginger “Ale”. Sounds tasty!

    Brew Your Cask Off takes place this Saturday (March 5th) from 6-10pm. Pre-sale tickets are $35 and then $40 the day of the event. You can buy your tickets and find out more information by clicking here.  

    I know that beer can be a frightening choice for someone that is on a diet. It is true, the calories and carbohydrates in beer can quickly add up. The good news is that there have been increased research studies over the last several years that have looked at the properties within beer and their health benefits. Yes, beer just like wine (in moderation) has been shown to be beneficial to your health.

    An article recently published in the American Dietetic Association’s Times Magazine breaks down the potential health benefits and nutritional breakdown for us….

    • Increases HDL cholesterol – that is the “good” cholesterol
    • Lowers LDL cholesterol – that is the “bad” cholesterol
    • Reduces the risk of blood clotting by lowering fibrinogen and blood platelet aggregation
    • Lowers incidence of gallstones and lowers risk for kidney stones
    • Decreases risk of type 2 diabetes
    • Improves cognitive function in older adults
    • Greater bone mineral density; due to the high content of silicon in beer
    • It is fat free
    • May also contain some fiber
    • Contributes folate, selenium, silicon, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin.
    • It is also a plant source of vitamin B12
    • More research is needed to determine the polyphenol and antioxidant levels and absorption rate.

    Drinking in moderation is the key!!! This translates to up to one drink/day for women and up to two drinks daily for men. 12 fluid ounces of regular beer is the equivalent to one drink and equals approximately 150 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates. On special occasions, this can fit into a healthy lifestyle and still allow you to meet your weight loss and health goals.

    For more information from the Mayo Clinic on Tips for Healthy Drinking and the Health Benefits of Alcohol, click here.

    Will you be attending this event? Let us know! Cheers!

  • 24Feb

    What are you doing on March 13th at 9am?

    I invite you to join both Good Measure Meals and Open Hand/Atlanta at the Junior League’s 7th annual ShamRock ‘N Roll Road Race at Atlantic Station. There will be a family friendly 5K, 10K and Kilt run/walk followed by a Healthy Lifestyle Festival with food, beverages, activates and entertainment.

    We will have a booth at The ShamRock Healthy Lifestyle Festival and we will also have several folks actually participating in the race, including myself!

    The Junior League graciously donates money and volunteers their time throughout the year at Open Hand/Atlanta. The organization of women is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

    To register, click here

    For more information, click here

    To see the course map, click here

    Let me know if you are planning to participate and I’ll make sure we connect at the race. aritchie@goodmeasuremeals.com

  • 09Nov


    More information? Click on the image to see how you can get involved!

    Open Hand, the nonprofit to which all Good Measure Meals™ proceeds go to, seriously has the most creative ways to raise money to support educating and feeding the community.  Currently, we are working on the Empty Bowl Project, which raises awareness about hunger in Atlanta.

     How fun is this….  People interested in participating in this fundraiser get to play or eat!  Seriously! Between Friday, October 1 – Sunday, November 14 those wanting to contribute to the cause simply have to swing by Wired and Fired (994 Virginia Avenue/ 404.885.1024) pick out a bowl ($12) and let their creativity soar!  There are so many glazes to choose from and the purpose is to create a fun and colorful bowl that will then be donated.  All the donated bowls will then be put on display, Wednesday November 17th from 11am to 5 pm at Murphy’s (404.872.0904) in Virginia Highlands. 

    This is where the second round of fun happens.  You can purchase any of the donated bowls and have it filled with a delicious dish from a special bowl menu prepared by Executive chef Tom Harvey for $20!  All proceed benefit Open Hand!

    Can you think of a better way to raise money for a great cause? Get your family or friends together and paint those bowls, or schedule your lunch at Murphy’s on the 17th and enjoy a delicious dish and a new bowl created with love!  So many ways to participate and enjoy philanthropy!

    Check out the pictures below of the GMM/Open Hand Staff painting our very own bowls!  What fun!  You can bet that we’ll be there on the 17th to enjoy Chef Harvey’s soup in the very bowls we decorated!

    We had a blast! What a great way to spend an afternoon!Some of the GMM Staff getting creative for a cause!

    The GMM Staff getting creative for a cause!

  • 20Sep

    Enjoying my favorite dish of the evening!

     Thursday, September 9th, I had the pleasure of attending Party in the Kitchen, A Benefit for Open Hand.  If you ever have the opportunity to join in on this annual event, it is an experience of a lifetime and a culinary masterpiece.  In short, the fundraiser hosts Atlanta’s best chefs from the finest restaurants around the city.  Each chef prepares a signature sampling and, as you can imagine, you simply cannot pass up any of the stations.  The food was amazing and the entertainment kept the 400+ crowd on their toes.  There was a silent auction (Which yours truly took home a haircut and facial from Urban Body! Yay!) and a live auction that boasted a dinner for 12, prepared by chefs Kevin Rathburn, Gerry Klaskala, Shane Touhy, Peter Kaiser and Kevin Maxey at the bidders home!  It was so much fun to see the crowd dressed to the nines in their bright whites enjoying the music and food- I really had a blast!  That being said I wanted to share my favorite dish of the evening.  I mean it was all about the food!

    With so many to choose from, the competition was fierce, but there was one in particular that stood out in my world.  I have to admit that my weakness is in the sweeter foods, so finding an appetizer that managed to incorporate the sweet and savory into a delectable bite, simply did the trick!  Being the health conscious wellness professional that I am, I often limit myself to true decadence to once or twice per week- and boy howdy am I glad I saved room for it on Thursday night. Executive Chef Shane Touhy of Dogwood restaurant (www.dogwoodrestaurant.com) concocted a Foie Gras Custard with Cornmeal Johnny Cake, Georgia Peach Compote, and Moscato Syrup.  Please understand that simply adding Moscato to any dish will win you major points in my world, but the use of the southern staples like peach and cornmeal brought a southern elegance that was as playful as it was sophisticated.  I wish I was better with words to adequately describe the dish to you, but alas, I am a Tech grad, and verbiage was never my forte!  For those of you who are visual, take a gander at the dish below!

    Foie Gras Custard with Cornmeal Johnny Cake, Georgia Peach Compote, and Moscato Syrup

    Ashley and I did manage to snap a shot with Chef Touhy, himself and are looking forward to visiting him at Dogwood to try out his other creations. 

    So all-in-all, it was a phenomenal evening and Open Hand raised a significant amount of money to support our Comprehensive Nutrition Care™ which helps people around Georgia prevent or better manage chronic disease through home delivered meals and nutrition education.  Remember that your support of Good Measure Meals™ also supports this mission, so if you were unable to attend Party in the Kitchen, you are still doing your part!

  • 13May

    We are all about health and wellness here, so Good Measure Meals and Open Hand staff took the opportunity to participate in Make a Movement Day! A Texas nonprofit created the day-long initiative encouraging the public to create and share their “Moments” of physical activity (Move), healthy eating (Fuel), and personal and environmental health (Honor) to promote healthy, ACTIVE lifestyles.

    Open Hand and Good Measure Meals™   jumped on board and participated by creating a “moment” of our very own! Last Wednesday, we all met during our lunch break for a “walk-around-the-block” and some healthy snacks provided by our staff!

    We departed from the Armour Building at 12:15pm and complete the 1 mile loop around Armour/Ottley and then all gathered to enjoy some healthy snacks in the Armour Break Room. 

    I really think that everyone saw the beneficial effects of getting outside for some fresh air and movement during the afternoon. I know I personally felt happier, more focused and productive during the late afternoon when I normally lack energy. The weather was beautiful and we all got the opportunity to enjoy the company of each other. It shouldn’t take a special day like this to get us moving, but sometimes it helps!

    For more motivation check out these great articles from The Mayo Clinic:

    As a result of Make a Movement Day our staff has committed to a “walk-around-the-block” as a group every Wednesday at 10am. How are you going to get active today? Share your stories by leaving a comment.

  • 04May

    On April 21st, Open Hand held a fundraiser called Dining Out for Life. Over 100 restaurants all over the Atlanta area donated 20% of all receipts to Open Hand!! It is Open Hand’s largest annual fundraiser, and helps Open Hand continue to provide freshly prepared, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, coaching and counseling to homebound seniors and individuals who are struggling with chronic, critical or terminal disease in 17 Georgia counties.

    Jess Parsons and I were hosts at West Egg Cafe. We asked our guests – “What Motivated you to come to Dining Out for Life?” These are their responses.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in Dining out for Life. Share your experiences and let us know, “What Motivated YOU to Dine Out for Life?”