Did Kuma's Corner go too far with their Ghost burger? The popular northwest side restaurant, known for naming their burgers for heavy metal bands, named it's newest burger, The Ghost B.C., after a Swedish band. The 10-ounce burger topped with a red wine reduction and an unconsecrated communion wafer was featured in the Chicago Tribune yesterday.
So what else is new?
It's sad that this doesn't surprise me anymore, but it just doesn't. Whenever I read anything like this, I'm almost shrugging my shoulders because it's just another incident in a long line of Catholic church bashing. Apparently it's still trendy and perfectly acceptable to do that.
Yesterday afternoon I began to wonder where they got the communion wafers. It's not like you can stop in Jewel and pick up a package. Resurrection Catholic church is 2 1/2 blocks south of Kuma's, but I doubt seriously that any of the priests there would let Kuma's borrow unconsecrated wafers like a cup of sugar.
Will there be a Jewish, Lutheran, Episcopalian or (gasp!) Muslim burger? Probably not.
I've resigned myself to the fact that making fun of the Catholic church will never stop and though, as some of my readers suggested, we should pray for all involved, I just can't. I think Kuma's has chosen their path.
UPDATE: I emailed Kuma's this morning and asked where they got their wafers. This was their response:
Thank you for the interesting words you have sent us. We will review your correspondence when we can.
UPDATE: In response to the uproar about their burger, Kuma's had this on their Facebook page:
In standing with our policy of supporting charity and Chicago at large, we have made a $1500 dollar donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese as we understand that they share our mentality of serving anyone in need from any walk of life.
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