The Central Ohio Restaurant Association is a trade association representing the amazing men and women engaged in the food service industry in Central Ohio. For more information about our organization, visit www.CentralOhioRestaurants.org or contact Executive Director, Gail Baker toll free at 877-274-CORA. We produce the Columbus Food & Wine Affair (Sept. 25, 2009) at Franklin Park Conservatory. Culinary magic. Award-winning wines. This is where the Columbus Food & Wine Affair begins, but far from where it ends. This proven event provides the setting for more than 25 of Central Ohio’s finest restaurants to display their most delectable offerings, and it opens the door to over 450 international wines. Add to that an abundant silent auction and beautiful music, and you have all the ingredients necessary to create a spectacular evening. Best of all, the gala affair benefits a number of Columbus-area charities and the Central Ohio Restaurant Association. To date our contributions to local charities are over $300,000. www.foodandwineaffair.com. We sell gift certificates honored by 160 of our member locations from our website, or at 877-770-GIFT. CORA members are actively engaged in our community with representation on several boards and committees, including the Experience Columbus Tourism Committee and the Ohio Culinary Tourism Committee. Our workforce development initiative includes support for several area high schools providing ProStart - a restaurant management ciriculum for high school juniors and seniors developed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. We provide speakers, coaches and financial support to Northeast Career Center Delaware Area Career Center Eastland Career Center Tolles Technical and Career Center C-Tec Southeast Career Center CORA partners with Columbus Public Health to bring food safety training and education to our industry - providing safe food to our community is our highest priority.