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Event Name:Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo
Event Type(s):Event
Description:This annual Fall event is the largest trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice and hospitality industry professionals, offering a restyled floorplan and exciting educational seminars and mixology demonstrations. The show features hundreds of exhibits, an opening night party, the ever-popular Culinary Cook-off (founded by Oswalt Restaurant Supply), the brand new Cocktail Shakedown, industry-specific workshops, and over 6,000 industry attendees. Contact Linda Etherton by email at or via phone, (405) 942-8181 or (800) 375-8181, for more information.

See our interactive floorplan and plan your visit!

This is a private industry tradeshow open only to those in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Anyone under 18 and suppliers or vendors not exhibiting in the show are not allowed on the show floor. 

Event Date:08-27-14 - 08-28-14
Event Time:8/27: 10-5, 8/28: 10-4
Location:Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Details:The Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo is sponsored by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and held in partnership with the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.

Wednesday, August 27
Floor open 10:00am - 5:00pm
9:30am School Foodservice Meeting (Room A)
10:00am     Ribbon Cutting
10:30am     Culinary Cook-off - Heat 1
11:00am     Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 1
11:30am Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 2
12:00noon Culinary Cook-off - Heat 2
Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 3
12:30pm Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 4
1:30pm Culinary Cook-off - Heat 3
Cocktail Shakedown - Round 2, Heat 1
2:00pm Cocktail Shakedown - Round 2, Heat 2
3:00pm     Culinary Cook-off - Heat 4
Cocktail Shakedown - Championship Round
5:00pm     Opening Night Networking Reception
Bricktown Brewery, Lower Level 
Thursday, August 28
Floor open 10:00am - 4:00pm
8:30am     ORA Board of Directors Meeting
10:00am Culinary Cook-off - Semi-final 1
11:00am     Educational Workshop
The Ins and Outs of Oklahoma's New Alcohol Beverage Requirements

Serving alcohol can leave your restaurant and its employees vulnerable. The liabilities can be many, and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association wants to help educate and protect Oklahoma's operators on not only the existing laws, but on the new alcohol beverage laws. Join ORA Education Director Rick Hughes who will facilitate an educational session presented by Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE) Officers, Brent Fairchild and Erick Smoot. Brent and Erick will not only provide valuable information, but field frequently asked questions concerning general liquor operations. If you are not informed on the new licensing laws, or just want to ask general operational questions this session is for you!

During this session, you’ll learn about Oklahoma's:
  • New Mixed Beverage Licensing for Caterers
  • New public events and the maximum number of events allowed 
  • New Beer and Wine licensing
  • Individual licensing for serving drinks
  • Licensing and laws dealing with your establishment
  • Effective date for new requirements
Who should attend: Employers, Managers and Corporate Licensing/Operation Managers
11:00am Culinary Cook-off - Semi-final 2
1:00pm Culinary Cook-off - Finals
1:15pm Educational Workshop
"Breaking Bad" - Dealing with Today's Employee and Workplace Issues

Become better prepared to address a myriad of common – and not so common – employee issues. Fisher Phillips, LLP attorney Melody Rayl will cover some of the essential “dos and don’ts” on a range of topics confronting todays workplace, including substance abuse, smoking, body decorations, social media, criminal background checks, workplace bullying, wage and hour laws and sexual harassment.  You will come away with practical advice about how to best address these important issues without subjecting your business to costly lawsuits.  
4:10pm Exhibitor Move-out (all displays must be removed by 12:00noon Friday)

  • Members 
    • Before August 20 - Complimentary (online only)
    • After August 20 – $10/badge
  • Non-Members
    • Before August 20 - $10/badge
    • After August 20 – $15/badge
Opening Night Networking Reception
The reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the lower level of the Bricktown Brewery. Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the Cox Center. The reception includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and great networking. Tickets are $20.

Hotel Accommodations
Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown
1 N Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City OK
$99/night, plus applicable taxes
Cut-off date: August 12, 2014
Call for reservations: 1-888-627-8196 or book online
Group Code: Oklahoma Restaurant Association
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