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The Oklahoma Restaurant Association, founded in 1933 when a small group of 74 restaurant and cafeteria operators met to discuss issues within the industry, has now grown to include more than 4,500 member restaurant units and foodservice entities. These members are truly a cornerstone in Oklahoma’s economy. As the state’s largest private-sector employer, Oklahoma’s foodservice industry employs over 182,800 people or 11% of the total job base, according to a report by the National Restaurant Association. Research shows that one-third of all adults have worked in the foodservice industry at some time during their lives.  These jobs lead to a continued growth in disposable personal income that, in turn, leads to more people dining out.  And people are definitely dining out; the ORA expects state restaurant sales to register $6.6 billion in sales for 2017.  Additionally, within Oklahoma every dollar spent in these establishments generates an additional $0.93 of sales for the state economy.  Each additional $1 million spent in eating-and-drinking places in Oklahoma generates an additional 26.3 jobs in the state.

The ORA is recognized as one of the largest and most effective organizations in Oklahoma. With a strong presence at the state capitol, the ORA constantly monitors regulatory and legislative issues. Member services include food safety and alcohol server training, a video and reference lending library, group insurance programs, educational seminars, special bulletins and the state’s largest trade show.
What's Happening
07.10.18
This annual Fall event is the largest trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice, hospitality, and tourism industry professionals, featuring hundreds of exhibits, an opening night party, the ever-popular ORA Culinary Cook-off, the exciting ORA Cocktail Shakedown and over 6,000 industry attendees.
08.22.18
Hundreds of association members recently attended an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. The 2-hour session covered the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1. Mr. Marshall kindly shared his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
08.15.18
Make plans now to be in Oklahoma City on November 12 for the annual Hirst Hospitality Awards. Help us recognize and honor the hardworking employees in the foodservice industry; there's nothing like the value of a good staff!
12.11.17
The final ORA Academy sessions of 2018 will be held in both Tulsa and OKC in November! Register now for this great continuing education and professional development course.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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