BBVA kicks off tour with highly acclaimed Roca brothers this week
-- Roca brothers' El Celler de Can Roca topped World's 50 Best Restaurants
list in 2013
-- Tour begins today in Houston and continues in Dallas on Friday
-- Bank's clients treated to once-in-a-lifetime dinners
HOUSTON, Aug. 4, 2014
HOUSTON, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Spanish financial services group BBVA
and the Roca brothers kick off their world tour today with the first in a
series of exclusive client dinners prepared by the acclaimed trio, whose El
Celler de Can Roca landed atop the influential World's 50 Best Restaurants
list last year.
Head Chef Joan, Sommelier Josep, and Pastry Chef Jordi Roca — along with more
than 20 members of their staff — have shuttered their Girona, Spain-based
restaurant for five weeks this summer to serve meals to BBVA Group's clients
in six cities. The tour launches today in the U.S., where the chefs will
create a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience in Houston for clients of BBVA
Compass, BBVA's U.S. banking franchise.
"Our clients are embarking on a gastronomic journey this week with the Rocas,"
said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez. "The Rocas are universal in
their approach to food — bringing together tradition and modernity, among
other unlikely pairs — and we honor that spirit with this world tour."
Over a span of three nights in Houston, the Rocas will serve a total of 300
clients 14-course dinners 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, Houston.
On Friday, the tour continues its swing through Texas with two nights in
Dallas, where a total of 200 clients will be served dinner at the 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 basis.
The tour then moves to the Mexican cities of Monterrey and Mexico City, stops
in Bogota, Colombia, and ends in September in Lima, Peru. The tour is part of
BBVA's three-year partnership with El Celler de Can Roca.
As part of that partnership, BBVA will present scholarships to four Texas
student chefs for a four-month apprenticeship with the Roca brothers next
year. Two students from The Art Institute of Houston's International Culinary
School and two from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas will be
selected. Several of the schools' students are volunteering at the dinners
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.
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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 www.bbva.com.
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 673
branches, including 342 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 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 recently earned the
top ranking with customers in American Banker's 2014 annual reputation survey
of the top 25 largest U.S. retail banks. Additional information about BBVA
Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on
Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com.
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, Member FDIC.
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