Membership Drive BBQ
Con Agra is the host for
this Membership Drive and puts out a great spread while members and
potential members network to the sounds of live music. This event
offers one of the best opportunities for ORA members to get to know each
other in a casual setting. Some lucky attendees walk away with some
great door prizes including 4 Club seats to the CWS.
Information about this year's event!
On June 11, the Omaha Restaurant
Association hosted their 6th Annual Membership BBQ at the ConAgra
Foods' Downtown Campus. Restaurateurs, Caterers, and Food & Beverage
Vendors joined for a fun night of Beatniks' Music, BBQ Food, and
Industry Networking. New to this year's event was a Networking Iron
Mixology Competition. Guest name tags were marked with a Red, Blue,
Orange, or Green team and they were grouped into Mixology Teams to
create a Cocktail worthy of any restaurant menu. Judges for the Iron
Mixology Competition were Erin Vik from the Metro Culinary Institute,
Chef Jeff Snow from Catering Creations, and Nikki Boulay; 104.5 Radio
Host and Lead Singer for the Beatniks.
Guests had fun mingling and
meeting new and old industry friends while creating a cocktail for the
judges to taste. Each team was led by a Local Liquor Distributing House
and each table was sponsored by that Liquor House's Vodka and Liqueur of
Choice. Mixology Cocktails were judged on Taste, Presentation, and the
Name of the Cocktail. Entries were: "Dream Chaser" made with Cooper
Chase Vodka distilled in Nebraska and Thatcher's Blood Orange Liqueur;
"Kinky Froot Loops" made with Kinky Liqueur and Opulent Vodka; "Purple
Rain" made with Ketel One Vodka, Chartreuse Liqueur and Mint; and the
Winning Mixology Cocktail "Afternoon Delight" made with Absolut Vodka,
Charonge Liqueur, and Rosemary. Bragging Rights were awarded to the Blue
Team for winning with their "Afternoon Delight" Cocktail and the
Networking continued as guests went to competing Team Tables to sample
the other Competing Mixology Creations. After the Raffle Winner
Announcement for College World Series Tickets and Prize Package, the
guests mingled outside to the tunes of the Beatniks.
The purpose of the
event was to bring together Food and Beverage Industry Members to raise
awareness and membership for the Omaha Restaurant Association as well as
to build camaraderie within the Omaha Food and Beverage Industry.