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2017 ORA Academy
The ORA Academy offered continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership; in 2017, the Academy had both a BOH/Culinary track and a FOH/Management track! All sessions were so successful that we'll be hosting Academy in both OKC and Tulsa in 2018!
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11/6/17 Hirst Hospitality Awards
Members rolled out on November 6, 2017 for the annual Hirst Hospitality Awards, which pays tribute to the backbone of the restaurant industry - the restaurant employees. This event also supports the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation's goal of providing scholarships to qualified students of the hospitality industry. What a fantastic night!
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8/30/17 ORA Cocktail Shakedown
Bartenders from ORA member restaurants put their skills and abilities to the test on August 30 as they competed through timed rounds of cocktail preparations including the Championship Round. As each bartender lifted a shaker and created his or her requisite signature concoction, they raced the clock to create innovative and crazy delicious cocktails that were judged on taste and balance, originality, drink presentation, and stage presentation.
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8/30-31/17 Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo
More than 6,000 industry professionals attended the annual Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo, the largest trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice and hospitality industry professionals! This year's convention offered exciting educational seminars and mixology demonstrations, hundreds of exhibits, an opening night party, the ever-popular Culinary Cook-off, and the exciting Cocktail Shakedown.
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8/30-31/17 Culinary Cook-off
Twelve Oklahoma chefs, accompanied by culinary students from across the state, competed in the Culinary Cook-off on August 30 and 31, 2017. Using a mystery basket of ingredients, they raced the clock as they competed in various heats and were judged on plate presentation, creativity, product taste, and sanitation practices. Congratulations to everyone who competed!
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7/27/17 Odyssey de Culinaire OKC
The beautiful Skirvin Hilton Hotel was the location for the OKC Odyssey dinner. Chefs did a great job with the “Regional Fusion” theme and attendees enjoyed their evening.
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7/20/17 Odyssey de Culinaire Tulsa
The ORA hosted Odyssey de Culinary on July 20 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel. Attendees enjoyed a “Sunday Supper“ menu theme.
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4/24/17 ORA Golf Classic
Thanks to all the golfers who met us at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City for the 2017 ORA Golf Classic! It was a fun day on the course!
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3/14/17 TulsaFest
Attendees had a great time at the annual TulsaFest event, featuring educational sessions, a luncheon, and the popular TulsaFest Culinary Tasting. The event was held at the beautiful River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, and we’re already looking forward to 2018!
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3/3/17 ProStart Student Invitational
Industry professionals flooded the NCED Conference Center on March 3, 2017 for the annual Oklahoma ProStart Student Invitational. Top ProStart students showcase their talent, passion, and skill in the Culinary and Management competitions, where over $50,000 in scholarship money was at stake.
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2/8/17 Hospitality Day/Legislative Reception
Members of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association spoke to legislators about issues facing our industry, and then ended the day with the biggest legislative reception in the state. 
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2016 ORA Academy
The ORA Academy offers continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership; in 2016, the Academy focuses on Culinary education. The four 1/2 day sessions, held quarterly, have experienced high attendance and fantastic speakers. At the end of the year, if a student has attended all 4 sessions, they will be awarded an ORA Academy “Certificate of Knowledge.”
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3/21/16 An Evening to Remember
Kenny and Kathy Kaaiohelo were the lucky winners of a special dinner purchased at the Hirst Hospitality Awards auction in November 2015. The dinner, donated by Peter Holloway, was held on March 21 at the home of Jim Vallion. Chefs Jonas Favela, Kurt Fleischfresser, Jeffrey Holloway, and Cally Johnson prepared an eight course meal with wines provided by Premium Brands and Thirst Imports. This was just one example of the generous support from our members in providing these kinds of wonderful auction packages for the Hirst Awards and the equally generous support from those that purchase these amazing packages.
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6/30-7/1/15 Oklahoma ProStart Educator Conference
ProStart educators from across the state came together for this annual event that included educational topics, hands-on culinary training, lunch, pertinent information about the State Competition, and an optional ProStart ServSafe Instructor Certification Class.
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