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Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to postpone large gatherings, several of our 2020 events have been canceled and will be held on alternative dates in 2021. The ORA Expo will however take place on the new date of December 2-3, 2020. We appreciate your continued support and interest in ORA and OHF events!

The Oklahoma Restaurant Association provides many opportunities for education, networking, and fun! Our committees work hard to plan events featuring top speakers, hot topics, and broad appeal. Don’t miss the next event!

Hospitality Day at the Capitol & "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception
April 14, 2021: Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City

Join us for this annual event as we speak to legislators about issues facing our industry at the largest legislative reception in the state.

Prostart Competition
February 24-25, 2021: Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center, Norman

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.                                            

March 30, 2021: River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa

Join us for a networking luncheon and educational sessions in the Tulsa area. Featuring top speakers in the industry from around the country, it's a can't-miss event! 

HospitAbilities Testing Days
October 23, 2020: Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Rockwell, 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

Got a competitive side? 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
December 2-3 2020: 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. 

ORA Academy
Call for Activities

The goal of the Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership, specifically Culinary/Back-of-the-House education and Management/Front-of-the-House training. 

Hirst Hospitality Awards
2020 Event Canceled
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.


What's Happening
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Chef Michael Paske's passing. He was a great mentor, leader and friend to many in hospitality community. He was an incredibly talented chef, always passionate about his work and teaching others. The ORA will greatly miss you. If you would like to donate to his family, please click here.
The ORA Expo date has been changed! The new dates of the event are Wednesday and Thursday - December 2-3, 2020. For the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors, the ORA Expo Promise will be implemented, which will provide numerous health and safety measures. Please make plans to join us for the ORA Expo in early December.
The ORA is proud to announce its Oklahoma Restaurant Promise (ORP) campaign. The objective of the ORP is to help restaurants instill confidence with customers as they choose to return to dine-in service at Oklahoma restaurants. The Promise communicates your restaurant's pledge for the safety of your staff and customers, by each following the Promise.
Oklahoma has implemented a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up, and is currently in Phase 3 as of June 1, 2020. Click here to view the most up-to-date restaurant and bar guidelines.
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