Cooking with a Gettysburg Chef – Johnathon McGrain of the Historic Fairfield Inn

By Donna White – Catching a whiff of the fresh roasted garlic and herbs as I walked into the kitchen at The Historic Fairfield Inn, I just knew this was going to be a yummy day. Chef Johnathon was ready and waiting for us to get started with the ham and bean soup recipe that has been used at the Inn for more than 200 years.

When you start with quality, fresh ingredients and add in a wonderful chef that really cares about the product he is serving to the Inn’s guests, you know that you just can’t go wrong. The finished product was a thick, rich, salty ham and bean soup, that we paired with a beautiful Adams County Winery sweet red – it was simply wonderful.

Visit the Historic Fairfield Inn in Fairfield, Pa., for the signature and historic ham and bean soup, as well as the many other delicious dishes offered on their menu.

2 thoughts on “Cooking with a Gettysburg Chef – Johnathon McGrain of the Historic Fairfield Inn”

  1. Joe says:

    How much of this is original though? I mean let’s be honest, they didn’t have most of these ingredients hundreds of years ago. Worcestershire Sauce? Cayenne Pepper? Garlic Powder? It’s even doubtful whether they would have had all those herbs. I would love to know what the original recipe consisted of and how much of this is modern day tinkering (apart from the obvious additions). Thanks!

    • Destination Gettysburg says:

      Hi Joe, Chef Johnathon shares in the video that many of the recipes used at the restaurant today are modernized versions of what has been served for more than 200 years, and that includes the ham and bean soup! We are not sure what all was in the original recipe, but here is the link to The Historic Fairfield Inn’s website, if you would like to reach out to them to find out! Link:

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