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Denver restaurant Tocabe utilizes Osage Nation Butcher House

The Osage Nation Meat Processing facility is expanding its reach of services through shipping.

Ben Jacobs, Osage co-owner of Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery based in Denver said he has been eager to utilize the processing facility in sourcing bison meat. While it’s popular for restaurants to tout locally sourced ingredients, the driving philosophy behind Tocabe’s ingredient-sourcing is “native first, local second.”

The restaurant recently started sourcing bison from Fred Dubray, Cheyenne River founder of the Intertribal Buffalo Council, based in South Dakota. Jacobs said he has been waiting for months to bring 15 bison down for processing.

The bison arrived at the Osage Nation Ranch in late May where they were being held before processing. Due to delays, Jacobs said the bison had to be wormed again, extending their stay at the ranch by a couple of weeks before being processed at the ON Meat Processing facility and, finally, being shipped to Denver for use in Tocabe’s restaurants.

“Even though I don’t live there, I would like to support what is being developed on a local level,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs admitted that sourcing live animals and processing them across state lines is not ideal from a business perspective. But, for Jacobs, the economic impact of keeping money in Native communities outweighs the costs to his bottom line. Going forward, Jacobs said he hopes to source bison directly from the Osage Nation Ranch but, until then, he will source from Dubray and bring the animals through the Osage Nation Meat Processing facility several times a year.

 


By

Jessica Brent


Original Publish Date: 2021-06-14 00:00:00

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  • Jessica Brent

    Jessica Brent is a writer and wanderer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She reports locally for Osage News and Tulsa People. When she has a moment, she likes to wander where the grass is tall and the flowers are wild.

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Jessica Brent
Jessica Brenthttps://www.jessbrent.com/
Jessica Brent is a writer and wanderer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She reports locally for Osage News and Tulsa People. When she has a moment, she likes to wander where the grass is tall and the flowers are wild.
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