Chicago burger garnished with communion wafer
by Caryn Rousseau
October 3, 2013
A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.
Kuma’s Corner, a foodie destination with just a few tables, names its hamburgers after heavy metal bands. For October, the restaurant chose to name the burger after the Swedish band Ghost. Members of the band dress in religious robes and wear skeleton face makeup.
It’s in poor taste, said Jeff Young of New Orleans who runs the blog Catholic Foodie.
“It’s not, for us, the Eucharist,” Young said. “However this wafer is a symbol. There’s a cross on it. It’s like taking a flag and burning a flag.”
Luke Tobias, Kuma’s Corner director of operations, said the restaurant never wanted to offend anyone. He said reaction has been a “mixed bag,” but more positive than negative.
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