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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
February 24 - 25, 2022 -Location TBA
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 29, 2022: River Spirit Casino Resort - Tulsa
TulsaFest is an annual members-only event featuring exciting educational programming from top speakers both inside and outside of the restaurant industry. 
Hospitality Day & "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception
March 9, 2022: Oklahoma History Center

It's that time of year to celebrate and showcase what makes the Oklahoma Hospitality Industry so special. The day will begin with Hospitality Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol where industry leaders will meet with state officials. Following Hospitality Day, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association are excited to invite you to join us for our, “A Tasteful Affair” Legislative Reception!
 
HospitAbilities Virtual Testing Days 
October 19, 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
October 11, 2021 Quail Creek Golf & Country Club, Oklahoma City

Well, it looks like instead of opening the golf season - the ORA Golf Classic will have the opportunity to close the golf season. We hope you'll join us later this year, as members gather to enjoy friendship and a great day on the course. Hope to see you there!
 
Odyssey de Culinaire - Dates TBA
Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City
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 17-18, 2022: 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
The 2021 Thirst for A Cause has been postponed

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
09.22.21
We are thrilled to bring back the Hirst Hospitality Awards! As our industry is faced with many challenges we want to honor those individuals who are important to the industry's success! The Hirst Awards will be held on a smaller scale this year, attendance is limited to 200 people. We will be taking registration on a first-come basis.
01.27.21
Well, it looks like instead of opening the golf season - the ORA Golf Classic will have the opportunity to close the golf season. Because of unfortunate course conditions brought on by the freeze earlier in the year, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association will now host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on a new date - Monday, October 11, 2021, at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. We hope you'll join us later this year, as members gather to enjoy friendship and a great day on the course. Tee boxes and greens should be in excellent shape by then!
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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