Kuma's Corner is known for naming its hamburgers after heavy metal bands. However, for this month, the restaurant had offended some folks in the Christian community by garnishing their burger with the communion wafer.
The 10-ounce beef patty is made with braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar, ghost chili aioli, and topped with a communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.
The burger topping has offended some people because to Christians, the wafers and wine are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Catholic Church doctrine is that the wafers become the actual body and blood of Christ when they are consecrated.
Jeff Young who runs the blog Catholic Foodie said:
"It's in poor taste. It's not, for us, the Eucharist. However this wafer is a symbol. There's a cross on it. It's like taking a flag and burning a flag."
The Rev. Emily Mellott, rector of nearby Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard, Illinois, believes that particular burger crosses the line.
Luke Tobias, Kuma's Corner director of operations, said the restaurant never wanted to offend anyone. In fact, he insists people are finding humor in it.
"There are people who are offended by it, but we're delighted to see that generally people seem to have a sense of humor."
To make matters worst, the restaurant calls it "The Ghost" burger after the Swedish band "Ghost" that plays heavy metal music.
Tobias says "The Ghost" burger is selling well because customers are curious about it. Available through the end of October, Kuma’s plans to keep selling its special. He added:
“We’ve sold a couple hundred so far and started it four days ago. We’re not taking it off the menu. We’re in the business of selling hamburgers. We’re not trying to upset anybody, but we also support what this band does and think they’re good. It made sense to do something honoring them.”
"The Ghost" burger sparked such an outcry because of the communion wafer and the red wine sauce that the restaurant has donated $1,500 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in an effort to prove that their intent is not to offend.
The controversial burger-of-the-month will run its course through Oct. 31.