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The Oklahoma Restaurant Association and the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation provide many opportunities for education, networking, and entertainment. Our committees work hard to plan events featuring top speakers, hot topics, and broad appeal. As we address the ever-changing needs of the industry, the ORA reserves the right to put health measures in place for the safety of our members and attendees, which might also include revisions to our annual meetings, events, and activities. We ask for your cooperation and support.

Oklahoma ProStart Student Competition
Postponed until 2022
Come cheer on the future of the restaurant industry as high school students from around the state compete in two distinct competitions for over $50,000 in scholarship awards and the chance to represent Oklahoma in the National ProStart Invitational.
 
ORA Annual Member Meeting & 2021 ORA Board of Directors Meeting
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association's Annual Meeting to be held virtually at 10:00 am on February 10, 2021, allowing members from across the state of Oklahoma to participate and learn more about the state of Oklahoma's restaurant industry. The event’s key elements include the association's Annual Meeting followed by the introduction of the 2021 ORA Board of Directors and Officers. 
 
TulsaFest
March 30, 2021: Virtual
TulsaFest is an annual members-only event featuring exciting educational programming from top speakers both inside and outside of the restaurant industry. This year's event will engage even more members as it will be held virtually over two action-packed days - March 30 and 31, and will be at no cost to members.
 
Hospitality Day at the Capitol & "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception
April 14, 2021: Oklahoma State Capitol & Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City

Join us for this annual event as we gather at the state capitol to speak to legislators about issues facing the restaurant, hotel, and tourism industries. Then, rejoin members as we conclude the evening visiting with legislators and state government agencies at “A Tasteful Affair” Legislative Reception - the largest in the state.
 
HospitAbilities Testing Days
April 28, 2021: Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Rockwell Campus, Oklahoma City

Twice a year the HospitAbilities program hosts testing days for students of all abilities at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City.
 
ORA Golf Classic
April 26, 2021: Quail Creek Golf & Country Club, Oklahoma City

How about a much needed day on the course with many of your restaurant industry friends? This is the biggest tournament of the year hosted at one of our beautiful Oklahoma country clubs. Join us!
 
Odyssey de Culinaire
July 15, 2021: Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City
July 22, 2021: River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa

Hosted in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, this annual event includes great wines and an amazing five-course dinner created by Chefs and Oklahoma ProStart culinary students. It's two nights filled with fun, style, and amazing food and wine! 
 
ORA Expo
August 18-19, 2021: Bennett Event Center, Oklahoma City

Join us for the biggest event of the year!
Discover the newest products, latest innovations, and hottest trends in food and beverage services at the ORA Expo. This annual event attracts thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors while showcasing products from top manufacturers of food, equipment, and hospitality suppliers.
 
Thirst for A Cause
2021 Date TBA, Oklahoma City

This annual event started in 2009, raises funds to help with urgent medical expenses for members of Oklahoma's hospitality industry. Through our non-profit the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation, we are able to give something back to the hard-working employees of independent restaurants and country clubs. 
 
Hirst Hospitality Awards
November 8, 2021: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

This annual event of more than 400 attendees pays tribute to the backbone of the restaurant industry - the restaurant employees and features individual industry recognitions, a live auction and, a featured Vintner.
 
What's Happening
01.26.21
TulsaFest is an annual members-only event featuring exciting educational programming from top speakers both inside and outside of the restaurant industry. This year's event will engage even more members as it will be held virtually over two action-packed days - March 30 and 31, and will be at no cost to members. We're thrilled for Bill Fournet of Persimmon Group to present the sessions gear specifically to these times and the needs of restaurant operators! Register today!
Hospitality Day & A Tasteful Affair Legislative Reception
01.22.21
Stay tuned for 2021 registration! The hospitality industry is the driving force in Oklahoma’s economy, generating enormous tax revenues, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, and giving time and money back to their communities. At the same time, it’s vital that we maintain good relations with legislators so that our perspective on various bills and issues is given thoughtful consideration. This year's event will take place on April 14 at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, and the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
01.27.21
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association will host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on Monday, April 26 at the beautiful Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. This has become one of the first big tournaments of the Spring! It promises to be another great ORA Golf Classic!​
11.17.20
The ORA 2021 Strategic Partnership and Marketing Program provides an “at a glance” annual review of ORA’s event calendar and marketing opportunities. It gives you the chance to plan in advance, allocate your marketing budget more effectively. Check out Key Club Partner status! For more information download your copy of the best hospitality marketing program around, or contact Patti Colley at patti@okrestaurants.com or 405.942.8181.
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