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

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 & "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception
February 3, 2021: Location TBA, Oklahoma City


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


Prostart Competition
February 27, 2020: 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.                                            

 TulsaFest
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 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! 


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
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
06.05.20
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.
04.22.20
The Cresap Family Foundation (CFF) and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA) have created the Oklahoma Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Learn more.
05.08.20
In order to serve our members in recovery and restart efforts, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association has developed a “live” google document of businesses who offer products and services specific to COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as a list of providers for menu and promotional solutions. Relative businesses may at any time add themselves to this list, which can be accessed by clicking here.
04.29.20
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.
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