The Wilbur Mansion Announces Executive Chef

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Bethlehem, PA (November 21, 2022) — The Wilbur Mansion (The Wilbur), set to be Lehigh Valley’s premier restaurant, event venue, and boutique hotel, announced Chef Jon McCain as executive chef of the area’s newest hot spot. Chef McCain will create and oversee the seasonal menu focusing on local ingredients and produce.

Hailing from Pittstown, NJ, McCain began his culinary career as a dishwasher. After finding his passion for the culinary industry, McCain set out to train at the French Culinary Institute, In New York City.

McCain gained valuable experience working in Michelin star-rated and award-winning restaurants in New York City and Chicago, including Vong New York (two-star Michelin), Cru (one-star Michelin), and The Alinea Group’s Aviary in both Chicago and New York. Until recently, McCain was the Chef of Durham Springs. After years of working in fine restaurants and as an executive chef, McCain is excited to continue his culinary journey with The Wilbur.

“It feels like I’ve come home in a way,” says McCain. “I’m thrilled to be preparing a menu and special dishes to share with the guests that come to The Wilbur Mansion— whether it be for their wedding, dinner in our restaurant, or a quick bite at the bar during their stay.”

The food at The Wilbur will be rooted in European technique, drawing inspiration from around the world, primarily using familiar flavors of family recipes, traveling, and the diverse cuisine of the Northeast. Seasonally inspired dishes and handcrafted beverages will be made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu will be available on The Wilbur’s website soon.

The dining room and bar occupy a series of intimate rooms with high ceilings and original architecture infused with a modern flair. Weather permitting, outdoor seating is available on the patio, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic views of Southside Bethlehem.

The Wilbur’s restaurant, event space, and guest rooms are slated to open their doors to the public in early December 2022. Husband and wife John and Lynn Noble purchased the mid-19th century building in 2015 and restored the mansion, once owned by Elisha P. Wilbur, president of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, to 21st-century splendor. The impressive property is located at the gateway to Bethlehem, with views of the SteelStacks campus and other parts of the city.

Visit The Wilbur Mansion’s website at for more information.


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Tina Hasselbusch