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Teamwork inspires Oklahoma City couple

by Dave Cathey Modified: November 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm •  Published: November 25, 2009

While those of us responsible for this year’s family feast are stressing out over the bird that will define us as worthy cooks by those whose judgment we fear most, one Oklahoma City couple is taking on that Thanksgiving eve panic and multiplying it by at least 80.

Claude and Lindy Rappaport are the owners of Culinary Kitchen, 7302 N Western, and today they are using the high-tech, high-end, Jetsons-worthy ovens they sell to prepare between 80 and 100 turkeys for local shelters.

To pull off this kind of feat, it takes teamwork. And the Rappaports know a little about that thanks to 35 years of marriage and raising three daughters.

"As in any organization, teamwork is essential,” Claude Rappaport said. "To produce world-class food at breakneck speeds will require extraordinary effort that can only be accomplished by all having one purpose and pulling together to reach that goal.”

Rappaport wasn’t satisfied just providing turkey. Those who pull up to a table at the downtown City Rescue Mission and Food and Shelter for Friends in Norman will be served as guests rather than walk through a line with a tray. They will enjoy a meal provided by the best chefs in the city.

Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine will make the sweet potatoes, The Coach House will prepare traditional dressing, Bolero Spanish Grill and Tapas Bar will provide mashed potatoes, The Deep Fork Grill will be responsible for cranberry relish, The Paseo Grill is making green bean casserole and The Wedge Pizzeria will provide bread. Each table has a sponsor providing dessert. Bill Kamp’s Meat Market is contributing turkeys.

Pulling the team together wasn’t a stretch for Rappaport, who worked for years in the automotive industry.

Besides the family-run Culinary Kitchen, Lindy Rappaport and their three daughters, Lori, Stacy and Amy, also run Designer Rugs and Import Group, 333 W Wilshire Blvd. More Thanksgiving coverage

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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Online
→Watch for video this afternoon from today’s turkey project at The Culinary Kitchen, online at NewsOK.com.

→All of Sherrel Jones’ Thanksgiving 101 videos and recipes can be found online at NewsOK. com/life/food.

→Watch the Food Dude prepare the ultimate Thanksgiving sandwich trying out the Food Network’s new 4-in-1 indoor grill and griddle and read about the experience on the Food Dude blog at blog.newsok.com/fooddude.

Your turn
Do you know a couple that epitomize teamwork? For a chance to share their story, type an essay (maximum of 250 words) that tells us why they exhibit one or more qualities of teamwork, commitment, fun or staying together in sickness and in health. Share it at NewsOK.com/inspiringcouples.

Deadline to enter is Tuesday. A maximum of 12 couples will be chosen and featured in promotion of the "Forever. For Real” project and the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative.

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