Tocabe (an Osage word for “blue”) will feed dancers, singers and visitors at the Denver March Powwow, serving Indian tacos and fry bread.
Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery is a local restaurant in Denver with two locations. Matthew Chandra and Ben Jacobs, college pals, founded Tocabe in 2008 and based their recipes on Jacobs’ Osage tribal roots and traditional Native cuisine. Starting with 8 employees, Tocabe now has 21 employees.
Matt and Ben state that it is important for them to support and help sustain Native businesses. They source their products from Native businesses and local sources.
Employees are approximately 70% Native. Matt and Ben hire Native people who may not necessarily have restaurant experience and then train them.
While in Denver, if you want to eat some great Native food, check out their website www.tocabe.com for their locations (North Denver and Greenwood Village) and menu. In their restaurants expect an expanded menu: sage–rubbed buffalo ribs with blueberry sauce, corn salsa with cranberries, hominy salsa, marinated grilled chicken, shredded bison, green chili stew, Ancho Chipotle sauce, medicine wheel nachos, and Bad Hunter Salads.
Tocabe was featured recently on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri on September 12.