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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
03.12.21
After the trials and tribulations of the past year, it is more important than ever to come together to showcase what makes the Oklahoma Hospitality Industry so special. This is why the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association excited to invite you to join us for our big outdoor sheltered event, “A Tasteful Affair” Legislative Reception!
01.27.21
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association will host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on Monday, April 26 at the beautiful Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. This has become one of the first big tournaments of the Spring! It promises to be another great ORA Golf Classic!​
11.17.20
The ORA 2021 Strategic Partnership and Marketing Program provides an “at a glance” annual review of ORA’s event calendar and marketing opportunities. It gives you the chance to plan in advance, allocate your marketing budget more effectively. Check out Key Club Partner status! For more information download your copy of the best hospitality marketing program around, or contact Patti Colley at patti@okrestaurants.com or 405.942.8181.
12.14.20
Governor Stitt's Latest Executive Orders At his press conference last week, Governor Stitt announced his new Emergency Executive Order would include additional mandates affecting the hospitality industry. The order will take effect on Monday, December 14, and includes the issues below which affect our industry. Read more about the Governor's new executive order here.  
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