INTERSECTIONS - Season 1 Episode 6 - The Heart of Dallas

Released On: February 16, 2022

In this Season 1 Finale Episode, we take it back to our roots and celebrate Dallas, TX with two key influencers in Dallas' music & cuisine culture & philanthropic heart. Stephan Pyles, legendary chef, restaurateur, author, and philanthropist, along with WT Greer III, singer/songwriter, and musician who, like Avondale's Founders, had their start in Dallas' Oak Lawn neighborhood in the '80s, and have now watched the booming metroplex grow up and evolve into the city they always knew it could be. Chef Pyles arrives in a Porsche Taycan while WT Greer drives a Maserati Levante SUV to meet for a conversation at Fireside Pies located in Grapevine, Texas.


WT Greer:

WT Greer is a Native Texan pianist, singer-songwriter, philanthropist, recording artist, and vocal instructor. He is known world wide for his vocal chops and acrobatics, hitting those high notes and gorgeous, signature rendition of 'All I Ask of You' and other Broadway showstoppers. For 10 years, Greer headlined The Library Bar at The Melrose, where his standing room only show with nightly lines out the door was the talk of town.  Dallas media dubbed him "the King of Hearts." Throughout his career, he has recorded 11 albums and performed for sold out, one-man shows at the Meyerson Symphony Center and performed for top charity events all over Dallas-Fort Worth and for Dallas Cowboys halftime shows and national anthems. He has performed for The White House on multiple occasions for five U. S. Presidents and First Ladies, and for Nelson Mandela and Oprah. In recent years, he has worked with stand out contestants from Texas for NBC's The Voice.

WT Greer gives back to the community by donating his music and performances-he has written, performed and recorded the theme songs for Colin Powell's Free the Slaves Foundation, Susan G. Komen 'Sing for the Cure' and Baylor Breast Cancer Foundations, North Texas Food Bank, Chuck Norris KickStart, Dare to Dream Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Hospital


Stephan Pyles:

Chef Stephan Pyles, a 5th generation Texan and founding father of Southwestern Cuisine, has created 24 restaurants in 5 cities over the past 38 years. His very first restaurant Routh Street Café earned 5 Stars and it singlehandedly launched Dallas onto the global culinary stage. While he continues to bring his culinary direction to many concepts, Pyles' last restaurant, Flora Street Café, in the Dallas Arts' District, brought serious fine dining back to Dallas. Pyles was the first person in the Southwest to win a James Beard Award for "Best Chef" and was the first Texan inducted into Who's Who of Food and Wine in America. Accolades include 'Outstanding Chef of the Year' by The Dallas Morning News and Esquire's "Chef of the Year," and "Best New Restaurant" honors. Chef Pyles has authored four successful cookbooks and hosted the Emmy-award winning PBS series New Tastes from Texas.

Pyles is a founding board member of Share Our Strength and is a recipient of the organization's Humanitarian of the Year Award. He is a life board member of the North Texas Food Bank.  He co-founded The Hunger Link, Dallas' perishable food program. Through his Stephan Pyles Culinary Scholarship, he has awarded $250,000 to culinary students in Texas.  Over the past 13 years, Pyles has raised more than $1,000,000 for Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

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