Avondale Group, North Texas’ leading retailer of luxury, performance automobiles announced the launch of its Season 1 finale episode of INTERSECTIONS, an Avondale Originals Series and Podcast. The finale will premiere on Tuesday, February 16, 2022. Titled “The Heart of Dallas,” the episode showcases Stephan Pyles, legendary chef, restaurateur, author and philanthropist, along with WT Greer III, singer/songwriter and musician who, like Avondale’s Founders, both got their start in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas in the ‘80s.
“In the Season 1 Finale of INTERSECTIONS, we share the rich culture of Dallas through the eyes and experiences of our guests. Both Stephan and WT have seen Dallas evolve into the city it was always meant to be, and respectfully helped influence that evolution through their music and cuisine,” said Kennedy Gibson, Avondale Vice President of Marketing.
In this episode, Chef Stephan Pyles meets Greer at Fireside Pies, where he has created their new menu, in Grapevine’s Epicenter, in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan. Greer arrives for his culinary tour in a Maserati Levante SUV. Pyles and Greer are Native Texans and proud Dallasites. They come to learn that each of them got their start at the same time at neighboring venues. For 10 years, Greer, dubbed by Dallas media as “The King of Hearts,” headlined The Library Bar at The Melrose, where his standing-room-only show was the talk of town. Pyles’ first restaurant job, where he got discovered was at The Bronx next door. His very first restaurant, Routh Street Café, earned 5 Stars and it launched Dallas onto the global culinary stage. In a lively conversation surrounded by their passions of food and music, the two discuss their trajectories in Dallas and what the city, its people and its philanthropic spirit have meant to them.
For Pyles, his lifelong commitment has been to eradicate hunger in children as a founding board member of Share Our Strength. He is also a life board member of the North Texas Food Bank and co-founded The Hunger Link, Dallas’ perishable food program. Over the past 13 years, Pyles has raised more than $1,000,000 for Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.
Greer has championed and headlined the biggest charitable events in Dallas and written, performed and recorded the theme songs for Colin Powell’s Free the Slaves Foundation, Susan G. Komen ‘Sing for the Cure,’ North Texas Food Bank, Dare to Dream Foundation, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
“This was truly an eye-opening experience from driving my first electric vehicle to sharing my love of Dallas and life lessons with WT. Both WT and I ended up discovering our true passions in the most pleasantly surprising of fashions,” said Pyles. “After being a music major and studying piano in college, I had the opportunity to travel to France where I discovered my true calling. Ironically, I learned WT studied microbiology and then became a pianist and singer. It goes to show, anything is possible in Texas,” said Pyles.
Greer said, “What an absolute treat to drive a beautiful Maserati and enjoy a meal prepared by none other than Stephan, one of the greatest chefs in the world. For Avondale to give us this opportunity to get to share why we do what we do and what Dallas has meant to our lives was transformative and so much fun.”
Pyles, a 5th generation Texan and founding father of Southwestern Cuisine was the very first person in the Southwest to win a “Best Chef” James Beard Award. He has created 24 restaurants in 5 cities over the past 38 years. His last restaurant, Flora Street Café, in the Dallas Arts’ District, brought serious fine dining back to Dallas, earning 5 Stars. It was named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by The Dallas Morning News, and Texas Monthly, ‘Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America’ in Wine Enthusiast and was nominated for a James Beard Award. Chef Pyles has authored four successful cookbooks and hosted the Emmy-award winning PBS series New Tastes from Texas. He was inducted into Nation’s Restaurant News’ MenuMasters Hall of Fame in 2017.
Greer is known worldwide for his vocal chops and acrobatics, hitting those high notes and gorgeous, signature renditions of his own music, anthems at Dallas Cowboys games, and Broadway showstoppers. Throughout his career, he has recorded 11 albums and has performed at The White House for five U. S. Presidents and First Ladies, and for Nelson Mandela and Oprah. He has toured with many artists including The Temptations, Faith Hill, Mary Wilson, Alabama, Vince Gill, and Gary Morris. In recent years, he has worked with standout contestants from Texas for NBC’s The Voice.
The series title “INTERSECTIONS” traces back to Avondale Group’s heritage, paying homage to the intersection of Oak Lawn and Avondale, where the Founders opened their first Mercedes-Benz dealership in 1987. Avondale’s ongoing commitment to its core values of elevating experiences and the importance of personal relationships between its members, owners and community are embodied in this original series.