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.
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.
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!
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.
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.