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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
09.18.20
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Chef Michael Paske's passing. He was a great mentor, leader and friend to many in hospitality community. He was an incredibly talented chef, always passionate about his work and teaching others. The ORA will greatly miss you. If you would like to donate to his family, please click here.
07.06.20
The ORA Expo date has been changed! The new dates of the event are Wednesday and Thursday - December 2-3, 2020. For the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors, the ORA Expo Promise will be implemented, which will provide numerous health and safety measures. Please make plans to join us for the ORA Expo in early December.
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.
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.
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