Tamarisk Chef Cooks Up Culinary Delights

Gourmet Night at Tamarisk NorthShore

As soon as you meet Tamarisk NorthShore’s Executive Chef, Elgin Jackson, you will see that he truly loves his work. As he goes about his day, his lighthearted and cheerful disposition shines through while interacting with residents, guests, and other staff members. His creativity and leadership set him apart not only when designing culinary experiences, but also because of his ability to connect with others and support the Tamarisk team. Chef Elgin joined CJE SeniorLife at the end of July in 2021 and settled in just in time to celebrate Tamarisk NorthShore’s first anniversary in August.

He brings to Tamarisk a wealth of experience from over 40 years of working in hotels, fine restaurants, and senior living communities, including serving on the opening team for Vi at The Glen. Elgin continued with other executive roles that took him to Florida, California, and back to Illinois. “Cooking is my passion,” says Elgin. ”My experiences in a variety of upscale dining venues inspired me to bring those same practices and creativity to Tamarisk NorthShore. I want our residents and guests to have a remarkable experience every time they dine with us.”

Elgin’s talents complement the existing culinary team, many of whom have been in place since Tamarisk opened in 2020. His leadership style embraces their expertise and skills, but also supports their desire to try new ideas. This was evident at our recent gourmet theme night, where the team presented an elegant menu with a field green salad, braised lamb shanks, and roasted wild mushroom-stuffed quail. The final flourish was a slice of delicious triple chocolate fudge layer cake and sugar-free dessert trio!


You can enjoy all the great food, amenities, and programs of Tamarisk Northshore! Lovely floor plans are still available, and we offer flexible lease and moving packages. All COVID-19 safety protocols are being followed. Contact us at 847.597.8772 or info@tamarisknorthshore.com to take a tour and stay for lunch...on us!