BBVA selects two Texas art venues to host dinners by famed Roca brothers

   BBVA selects two Texas art venues to host dinners by famed Roca brothers

- Private dinners to be held at Rienzi estate in Houston, Dallas' Rachofsky

- Summer events in Texas kick off brothers' unprecedented culinary tour

- Chefs to prepare masterful meals for bank's clients

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, July 15, 2014

HOUSTON, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Spanish financial services group BBVA
has selected a pair of grand art venues to host its series of
once-in-a-lifetime private client dinners prepared by the Roca brothers, whose
restaurant in Girona, Spain, landed atop the influential World's 50 Best
Restaurants list last year. 

The Rocas will prepare meals for BBVA's U.S. clients next month at the
Rachofsky House in Dallas and at Rienzi, the commanding former home of the
arts patrons Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III that now
houses the European decorative arts collection of the Museum of Fine Arts,

"These two venues are the perfect settings for our clients to enjoy the
culinary journey the Rocas will take them on with their multi-course dinners,"
said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez. "As an organization, BBVA
has an emphasis on the arts, and the Rocas' particular brand of gastronomy is
precisely that: an art. It's only fitting that the venues reflect the
brothers' creative and innovative approach to gastronomy."

The Roca brothers — head chef Joan, sommelier Josep, and pastry chef Jordi —
will shutter El Celler de Can Roca for five weeks to recreate their restaurant
experience for clients in countries where BBVA operates, including the U.S.,
Mexico, Peru and Colombia.The U.S. events in Houston and Dallas kick off the
tour with a series of dinners for clients of BBVA Compass, BBVA Group's U.S.
franchise. BBVA is sponsoring the chefs' tour as part of its three-year
partnership with El Celler de Can Roca.

The tour begins in Houston on Aug. 4, where the brothers and their staff will
prepare dinner for 300 guests over the course of three days in Rienzi's
ballroom. The tour will conclude its swing through the United States on Aug. 8
and 9 at Dallas' Rachofsky House, the private home of Cindy and Howard
Rachofsky. Roughly 800 works of contemporary art — including American
Minimalism pieces, post-war European art with a specific focus on Italy, and
the art of post-war Japan — are on display in the Rachofsky home on a rotating

Joan Roca is considered a pioneer in sous-vide, a cooking process where food
is vacuum-packed and cooked in water. He developed the Roner, a professional
sous-vide cooking device. Josep Roca, the sommelier, meanwhile, has won over
critics with his unorthodox wine pairings and techniques. And Jordi Roca, the
pastry chef, won the World's Best Pastry Chef Award 2014. The judges called
him "part chef, part architect, part magician" and an "eccentric but modest
genius," citing his work recreating famous perfumes in edible form.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global
financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in
Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading
franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its
diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on
technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate
responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial
education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It
operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best
practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More
information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 684
branches, including 352 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 62 in
California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass
ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market
share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and
Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small
business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded
the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional
information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by
following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, Member FDIC.


Contact: Jena Moreno, Corporate Communications, Tel. 281.658.1235,, Follow @BBVACompassNews on Twitter
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