An unforgettable evening celebrating Ohio's best & brightest.
group & individual tickets available!

The annual Industry Awards Celebration is an opportunity for the Ohio Restaurant Association to focus on the hard work, commitment and outstanding professional & community services of our members. The evening is dedicated to recognizing the importance of the extraordinary contributions and innovative ideas our industry brings through technology, charitable contributions, transformative products and dedication to education. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Estate at New Albany

New Albany, Ohio

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Award Categories

Best Restaurant Award (North)

Best Restaurant Award (Central)

Best Restaurant Award (South)

Best Community Partner

Best Guest Experience Provider

Best "Behind the Scenes" Employee

The Lifetime Achievement Award: The ORA’s highest recognition, this award is given to one restaurateur of a member company for exceptional lifetime service to the restaurant, foodservice & hospitality industry and their community. Nominees must be an ORA member for 10+ years and active in the industry for at least 15 years.

The ORA Ambassador Award: This award is presented to an individual of a member company or a member company who embodies the core mission of the Association to promote, protect and serve, and who works to better the industry as a whole. Any restaurant or vendor member of the ORA is eligible to receive this award.

Outstanding Vendor Award: This award goes to a member company recognized for its exceptional service to the restaurant, foodservice & hospitality community.

Outstanding Public Official Award: This award honors public officials who advocate for the best interest of small business owners and the restaurant, foodservice & hospitality community, as a whole.

Outstanding Industry Educator: This award honors an educator who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the advancement of Ohio's restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

Ohio ProStart® Student of the Year: Outstanding ProStart student that embodies the ProStart core values of leadership, passion and community, and shows great promise and aptitude for a future career in the industry.

Industry Innovator: This award is presented to an individual of a member company or a member company that has applied a new product, creative approach or has used technology to enhance their operations to grow or transform their business.

Spotless Award: In partnership with local health departments, this award honors a member company with an outstanding cleanliness and food safety record.

Rising Star: Honors an emerging leader in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality industry; one whose work demonstrates ongoing, exceptional growth and high potential for future industry impact.

The Ohio Restaurant Association Hall of Fame (up to 3 inductees): Awarded to an individual or entity that has operated in Ohio's restaurant, foodservice & hospitality industry for at least 25 years and is an ORA member.

Award Criteria

1. Nominees may be an individual, a team or a partnership with one or more foodservice industry business operations and an ORA member. Nominees may be working, retired or deceased. There is no limit to the number of individuals nominated. Self-nominations are allowed.

2. Each area of the nomination form must be completed for the nominee to be considered.

3. All recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the Industry Awards Celebration event.

Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

Hall of Fame

The Claude F. Morton Lifetime Achievement

Outstanding Vendor

Outstanding Public Officials

Outstanding Educator

Ohio ProStart Student of the Year

Industry Innovator

Tech Titan

Rising Star

Nourishing the Community

ORA Ambassador

Questions about the event?

Shoshanna Gross

P: 917.628.3198


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