'Ghost' burger stirs up controversy

Foodie destination's burger of month garnished with communion wafer, red wine reduction sauce
Associated Press
Oct 4, 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, while the vocalist dresses as a cardinal with skeletal 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.

"There are people who are offended by it, but we're delighted to see that generally people seem to have a sense of humor," Tobias said.

The restaurant, which often plays loud heavy metal music, is a fan of Ghost, Tobias said. Young said he realizes that and knows Kuma's Corner didn't intentionally want to make anyone mad.

"The Ghost" burger is selling well, Tobias said, because customers are curious about it.

"Hopefully people will have a good time with it — that's certainly what we're trying to do," Tobias said.




Here is an idea that seems to be lost in this country. Is you dont like a private businesses product DONT GO THERE. That simple turn the channel go to a different restaurant whatever. Your freedoms don't trump anyone elses freedoms. None the less someone from New Orleans worried about a restaurant in Chicago.

Colonel Angus



If it offends you then don't order it

doggie mom

If only people took that stance with EVERY ASPECT in life we would be much better off...


adjective wide, general, liberal, global, varied, comprehensive, universal, world-wide, tolerant, eclectic, all-inclusive, ecumenical, all-embracing, broad-minded, unbigoted, unsectarian He was a man of catholic tastes, enjoying music and fine arts of all kinds.


Some people need to get a life !! There are more important things to worry about instead of a friggin burger ! If you don't like it , don't eat it !


If this was a "blackened" burger with the initials KKK written on top in mayonnaise, would you find it offensive? Would you be up in arms because it made a mockery of your beliefs? Neither of these are in good taste. You are right that we have so many other things to worry about, but if you let everything that you don't believe in slide, then just think what the world would be like. I know that there are other examples that I could have used, but I think this one will make the most impact and get my point across.

Señor Clown

I automatically discredit anything I hear from a person identifying themselves as a foodie; doubly so when its from a blog called Catholic Foodie.


Its not about letting it slide. It is about that persons right to do what they want. It is not harming anyone (other than the cholesterol). I understand it you may find it offensive and that is fine this is the point where you decide you are not going to patronize that business. If enough people chose not to do that then the business would have to change their tactics or go out of business.


By the way the catholic church with its handling of all the child abuse by its priests has made a mockery of its self.


I'm not religious, nor am I easily offended. But frankly, this offends even ME! Which, I'm pretty sure, was the entire point: Attention, whether negative or positive, is viewed (at least by this eatery) as good publicity.

But the fact that I'm offended has nothing to do with anything except I simply wouldn't choose to eat at this restaurant. The free market takes care of all sorts of offenses all by itself. It's the lunatics that protest, march, organize boycotts, sue, and otherwise wail and gnash their teeth who make things a lot more difficult than they need to be!

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While thankfully it hasn't happened, a part of me is ready for the day when I have a group of people Westboro-ing me outside my shop for selling games about "demon summoning" (Magic: the Gathering), books on "Satanism" (comics like Hellboy), or advocating pagan/polytheistic/non-Abrahamic religions through the pantheons in Dungeons & Dragons.


It's just not possible to underestimate the IQ of people in large groups, is it...

One of the biggest problems with ALL religions is the lack of tolerance exhibited by some followers. As a result, I wouldn't be surprised if somebody (almost certainly somebody who's never played D&D or read Hellboy, but who "knows" they're evil) protests someday.

Most of us are perfectly willing to condemn fundamentalist Islam when it promotes the killing of the "infidel." But it's no different and just as evil (though obviously a matter of degree is involved here) to demand others follow YOUR brand of what's sinful/what isn't!

I don't see a lot of that in this area (thankfully), but should you ever be "Westboroed," I hope I'm not the only one who represents the other side of things right along with you!

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I actually received a compliment a while ago from an older lady who stopped in the store. I greeted her as I usually greet people and she said she was just looking around. On her way out as I was saying goodbye and hoping she had fun browsing she confessed she was relived that we weren't a demon worshiping place like the stereotype she heard. I know she meant well and was happy.

Actually for a while a few years ago we had some Mormon missionaries come in regularly. It was great because they were an awesome bunch of guys and I am sure for them both being in a new town and having to face the stigma of their assignment it was nice being treated "normally" by others. Plus they got to play a fun card game together. I was sad, though, because their Bishop found out and made them trade in all their cards and I haven't seen any missionaries since.

I count myself blessed because I am exposed to such a diverse group of people every day. Along religious lines alone I have avowed atheists, confirmed Catholics, protestants and other sects of Christianity, Buddhists, and even a pagan or two thrown in for good measure. They are all the opposite of the "some followers" (which do very much exist) you mentioned above not just because they patronize my shop but because they get along with each other so well. I have learned many different points of view in the years I have run the place and I am grateful for each conversation and experience.