Obviously Stephan Pyles knows how to cook — but he can also throw a grand party. An unbelievable 850 people showed up for the preview of Stampede 66, his latest restaurant.
Lines to the food stations wrapped around every corner of the restaurant. But guests didn't seem to mind waiting for dinner. The buzzy atmosphere was enough to keep eyes busy.
Pyles' new space is a Southern vision, with moody lighting, stone columns, longhorns and Western flair throughout. At the party, there was also a projection screen showing a film of horses in the countryside.
Vino was passed around, and a specialty cocktail station was set up in the back corner, where bartenders stirred up frozen drinks made with liquid nitrogen.
Truly Texan tasty bites — think venison meatballs — satisfied the palates of guests, including Jason Keeler, Rebecca Murley, Keith Marton, Renée and Buddy Gilbert, Peggy Weaver, Sara Weaver, Ashley and Malcom Ross, Carmaleta Whiteley, Kimberly and George Miller, Micah Byrnes, Kay Zafar, Natasha Mosier, John Sughrue, Imad Anbouba, Cookie and Dan Owen, Rema and Dileep Sirur, and Angela and Doug Nash.
As revelers noshed, Jody Nix and The Texas Cowboys provided the tunes. If the turnout of the party is any reflection of the success of Stampede 66 (opening October 29), it'll give even Stephan Pyles and Samar a run for their money.