Tocabe is a local privately owned restaurant by the Jacobs family, long-time residents of Denver. When Tom and Jan, who have been married for 38 years, first moved their family to Denver in the late 1980's, they opened Grayhorse, a small Native American eatery in a food court on 16th and California. Grayhorse's small operation was the precursor to what would become Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery. Twenty years later, with help and input from their youngest son, Benjamin, and family friend Matthew Chandra, the family endeavored to revive their dream. Together, they have been working since 2006 to refine their recipes and develop the restaurant's design concept and menu. They are also keenly aware of the importance of giving customers more than just a good meal and the family has been able to cultivate a uniquely appetizing dining experience.
Tocabe is an old Osage translation long out of use which represents the color “blue”. With the logo beign the color purple one may ask: “why the color blue?” Benjamin chose the color blue because it represents his mom's favorite color.
The three hands represent the three villages of the Osage Nation: Pawhuska, Hominy, and Greyhorse.
Born April 1983 in Fort Collins Colorado
I have lived in Denver since the age of three and grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood. I graduated from Denver East High School in 2001, then attended and graduated from the University of Denver in 2005 with a B.A. in History with a focus on American Indian studies.
In my down time I love athletics and exercise as well as sitting down to enjoy meals and conversation with family and friends. My family and friends have a huge impact on my life and I love them all for it.
Born 1982 in Santa Cruz, CA
I moved out to Denver in 2001 to attend the University of Denver. I graduated with a B.A. in Digital Media Studies in 2005. Opening Tocabe has been a dream come true, I am blessed to be able to share American Indian cuisine with many different people and communities.
I love to cook, spend time with family and friends, travel the world, along with playing rugby and soccer.
A quote that reflects me is :
“I am always doing that which I
cannot do, in order that I may
learn how to do it.”