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Featured chefs for the 2021 Annual Banquet Luncheon

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is proud to announce that Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra, co-owners of Tocabe, will be featured chefs for the 2021 Annual IAC Conference banquet. The banquet is a celebration of Native American agriculture, cuisine, and food systems - championing the resiliency and achievements of outstanding agripreneurs of the American Indian Foods Program and producers all across Turtle Island.

Tocabe, an American Indian Eatery, is the only American Indian owned and operated restaurant in Metro Denver, Colorado focusing on Native cuisine and sourcing ingredients from Native-owned producers. The restaurant first opened its doors in December 2008, and added a second location in 2015 and a food truck in 2016. Just this year, Matt and Ben announced the launch of Tocabe Indigenous Marketplace to further the growth of Native and Indigenous food system and supply chain.

Tocabe takes its origin from Grayhorse: An American Indian Eatery, established in downtown Denver in 1989 by the Jacobs family. The Jacobs are tribal members of the Osage Nation. Tocabe uses some of the same recipes from Grayhorse and has expanded on Osage family recipes along with being ingredient driven to create their take on American Indian cuisine. Ben and Matt have also worked with the USDA and Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations. They travel to tribal communities to learn about their traditional foods, what’s important to them, and bring those experiences back into the restaurant. Food is about people, place and stories which is what Ben and Matt attempt to share through their work and travels. Register now to partake in this amazing meal!


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