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Our mission is to serve our members by advancing and protecting Oklahoma's foodservice and hospitality industry; and through our vision we lead Oklahoma's foodservice and hospitality industry by elevating its prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. 

The Oklahoma Restaurant Association was founded in 1933; now representing more than 4,000 members, and is the state trade association of foodservice and restaurant operations.  

Today 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.

Our members are truly a cornerstone in Oklahoma’s economy. As the state’s largest private-sector employer, Oklahoma’s foodservice industry employs over 185,000 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. Additionally, within Oklahoma, every dollar spent in these establishments generates an additional $1.60-1.79 of sales for the state economy. 

We encourage you to "Dine Out Often!"
What's Happening
01.20.23
Join us for the 2023 TulsaFest at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Tulsa Tuesday, March 28. This annual event features a networking luncheon and educational sessions in the Tulsa area featuring top speaker Tracy Spears, founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab.
01.20.23
Register your team for the ORA Golf Classic! The Oklahoma Restaurant Association will host the 2023 ORA Golf Classic on Monday, April 10 at the beautiful Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. It promises to be another great ORA Golf Classic!
08.18.22
The ORA has partnered with Adesso Capital to help our members and non-members file for their ERC funds. To date, Adesso has helped Oklahoma restaurants claim $4,277,817 dollars and counting! Adesso will even pay your initial ORA membership dues if you are not a member, and your next renewal dues if you are already a member. The Adesso team has helped hundreds of restaurants across the U.S. and is prepared to help you. Click this story to get connected with an Adesso team member today!
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