Our advocacy specialists have influence with the Oklahoma State Legislature and the state’s many regulatory agencies, working for the good of the industry and keeping you informed of decisions being made that will affect you.
"Our company, as part of the ORA, represents a force that can have a huge impact on future legislation as it applies to the business environment at the local as well as the state and federal levels. It will require that we act as one as we move forward and strive to protect The Free Enterprise System that has made Oklahoma and the U.S. so great!"
Hal Smith, President Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Inc.
"The very nature of our business suggests constant scrutiny by local, state and federal government (after all we are in the business of feeding America). As such, we need to be aware of any and all issues that matters to our business. The Oklahoma Restaurant Association serves as the gatekeeper on all these issues. ORA works on our behalf to frame, articulate and present issues to relevant agencies and legislators. This we can not do as individuals, but as members of the ORA we can speak with one strong authoritative voice for the benefit of all. At the end of the day, it is a very cost effective and powerful way to let our voices be heard."
We will host an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. Each 2-hour session will cover the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1, and include plenty of time for Q&A. The session will be held in five (5) locations across the state; simply choose the date and location that works for you!
The dates and featured chefs for Odyssey de Culinaire 2018 have been set! The first dinner will be Thursday, July 12 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in OKC, and the second dinner will be Thursday, July 19 at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa. We hope to see you at one or both of these unique dinners benefitting the Oklahoma ProStart® program!
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.
The ORA Academy is back in January with our popular BOH/Culinary and FOH/Management tracks, and we're excited to bring these training classes to Tulsa - as well as OKC - in 2018! The goal of the Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership.