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Event Name:Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo
Event Type(s):Event
Isn’t it time for your next big find? The Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo is just the place to discover new products and trends, whether you’re a new operator or a veteran.
This annual industry event is the largest hospitality related trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice and lodging industry professionals.
With more than 6,000 in attendance, the event features hundreds of exhibits,educational sessions, an opening party and competitions, including the ever-popular ORA Culinary Cook-off and ORA Cocktail Shakedown.
Join us for the 2017 Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo and stay ahead of the competition!

Plan your visit! ‚ÄčThis 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:08-30-17 - 08-31-17
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 30
Floor open 10:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm     Special ServSafe Sanitation Certification Course
presented by National Restaurant Association Certified Instructor, Arly Smart, Platt College 

The ORA will once again offer a special ServSafe Sanitation Certification course. The National Restaurant Association's (NRA) ServSafe® program has been acknowledged as the leading training and fully accredited certification program for nearly 40 years. This one-day course keeps employees in check with health department regulations.

This certification course includes lunch. Upon receipt of your completed online registration form and payment, the ORA will mail you the textbook. The last hour of the class is dedicated to taking the necessary certification exam, which includes 90 multiple-choice questions. You must score 75% or greater to pass the exam. Registration will no longer be available after August 21, 2017. ORA reserves the right to reschedule this class if a minimum of 12 total pre-registrations are not confirmed. As class size is limited, registration is on a first come, first serve basis. 

Pricing (includes text book, review session, exam, and lunch):
  • $120/person (ORA member rate)     
  • $165/person (Non-member rate)
10:00am     Welcome and Ribbon Cutting
10:15am Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 1
10:30am     Culinary Cook-off - Heat 1
10:45am Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 2
11:15am   Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 3
11:45am  Cocktail Shakedown - Round 1, Heat 4
12:00noon Culinary Cook-off - Heat 2
12:15pm Cocktail Shakedown - Round 2, Heat 1
12:45pm     Cocktail Shakedown - Round 2, Heat 2
1:15pm Cocktail Shakedown - Round 2, Heat 3
1:30pm     Culinary Cook-off - Heat 3
1:30pm Cocktail Shakedown - Round 2, Heat 4
2:00pm     Cocktail Shakedown - Semi-Finals, Heat 1
2:30pm Cocktail Shakedown - Semi-Finals, Heat 2
3:00pm     Culinary Cook-off - Heat 4
3:00pm     Cocktail Shakedown - Red Bull Trivia Break
3:15pm Cocktail Shakedown - Championship Round
Opening Night Networking Reception
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
310 Johnny Bench Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Thursday, August 31
Floor open 10:00am - 3:00pm
8:30am     ORA Board of Directors Meeting
10:00am Culinary Cook-off - Semi-final 1
11:00am Culinary Cook-off - Semi-final 2
1:00pm Culinary Cook-off - Finals
3:10pm Exhibitor Move-out (all displays must be removed by 10:00am Friday)

Opening Night Networking Reception
The reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, 310 Johnny Bench Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the Cox Center. The reception includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and great networking. Tickets are $25.

Hotel Accommodations
Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel 
1 N. Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
PH 405-235-2780 • TF 888-627-8416 • online
$126 single/double rate
Cut-off date: 8/11/17

Badges and Pricing
Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email that will include a personalized QR code at the bottom of the message. Please be sure that your images are displayed for this particular email. This QR code is unique to you, and contains all the information we'll use to print your badge at the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo on August 30 and 31. 

To receive your badge, you will need to either
  • print the email with the QR code out and bring it with you to the convention, or
  • be able to produce the email with the QR code on your smart phone.
  • On or Before August 21 - Complimentary (online only)
  • After August 21 – $20/badge
  • On or Before August 21 - $15/badge
  • After August 20 – $20/badge

Find Your Way and Park
Convention exhibits and seminars are located in the exhibit hall on the street level at the west side of the Cox Business Services Convention Center. The convention center is conveniently located just off I-40 in downtown Oklahoma City.

Click here for driving directions.

Again this year, the ORA has arranged for FREE parking in the surface lots located on the SW corner of the Cox Convention Center. The entrance to the lot is directly across from the Myriad Gardens on the south side of Reno. Once that lot is full, the next closest parking can be found:
  • under the Cox Convention Center, accessible from northbound Robinson and southbound E.K. Gaylord;
  • in the Sheraton/Century parking garage, accessible from Sheridan on the north side of the Cox Center;
  • in the Courtyard by Marriott parking garage located off E.K. Gaylord at the southeast corner of the Cox Center; or
  • in several parking lots located in Bricktown, accessible from both Reno and Sheridan streets.
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