Chicago Restaurant Angers Catholics By Serving Burger Topped with Red Wine Reduction and Communion Wafer
A restaurant in Chicago is causing quite a stir among Catholics.
The “Ghost Burger” is named after a Swedish heavy metal band and features a cheeseburger topped with a red wine reduction and a communion wafer. Owners of Kuma’s Corner, a popular destination for foodies, say that it is done as a lighthearted play on the Swedish metal band Ghost, who is known for dressing as Roman Catholics, and that the burger is October’s new burger of the month.
Michael Caine, owner of Kuma’s, says that he does not find it offensive, nor do most of the people that come to eat there.
“It wasn’t intended to be a religious statement,” said Caine, who is a Lutheran. “It wasn’t intended to be anything. We bought the wafers on Amazon; they’re not blessed by anyone. Does everyone forget that God might have a sense of humor?”
Others, however, feel that it is done in poor taste. Jeff Young of New Orleans, who runs a blog called Catholic Foodies, says that it is extremely offensive to Catholics who view the wafer and the wine as symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
“It’s not, for us, the Eucharist,” said Young. “However, this wafer is a symbol. There’s a cross on it. It’s like taking a flag and burning a flag.”
Kuma’s Corner names all of its burgers after heavy metal bands, and has been to known to play heavy metal music in the restaurant. Some other burgers on the menu include The Slayer, The Pantera, and The Black Sabbath.
Luke Tobias, Director of Operations for Kuma’s, says that despite criticism, they will keep the burger on the menu for the remainder of the month.
“Hopefully people will have a good time with it,” said Tobias. “That’s certainly what we’re trying to do.”
If you did not know the difference between a hamburger and a cheeseburger, here is your chance to find out.
“I want my money back, I want my money back now, and I want it fast,” one customer said after he approached the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s after receiving what was very clearly the wrong order. “Double HAMBURGER — is there cheese in hamburger? There’s NO CHEESE IN HAMBURGER!” he said. “When you have a cheeseburger you have a cheeseburger, if you have a hamburger, you have hamburger.”
That was not the end of his rant. The poor drive-thru window employee ended up on the receiving end of much more.
The man goes on: “There’s not even bacon on this, there’s not onion on this — there’s not anything that I asked for. This is so incompetent. It happens every time I come here. I’m losing my s--- because this happened the past three times I’ve come. PLEASE, be competent. For once in your life, ONCE. Take an order, and FILL IT. God dammit.”
Perhaps he should try a dine-in restaurant next time. I mean, what does he expect after the third...fourth...fifth time wasn’t a charm?
A man in Utah bought a hamburger at McDonald's in 1999. He kept it around for two months to show his friends how it would look the same since it was packed with preservatives.
But David Whipple left the burger in his pocket for two years, forgetting he had it.
He took it out and it still looked the same, which inspired him to keep it around for even longer and see how long it could look normal.
Fourteen years later, it still looks the same, except for the pickle which has since disintegrated. Even the buns look the same and have no mold on them.
"It wasn't on purpose," Whipple said on show 'The Doctors.'
"I was showing some people how enzymes work and I thought a hamburger would be a good idea. And I used it for a month and then I forgot about it."
"It ended up in a paper sack in the original sack with the receipt in my coat pocket tossed in the back of my truck and it sat there for, I don't know, two or three months."
Then the coat got moved into the house in a closet and was forgotten.
"My wife didn't discover it until at least a year or two after that. And we pulled it out and said, 'oh my gosh. I can't believe it looks the same way.'"
The hosts of the show said the burger was showing no signs of mold or fungus, and didn't even smell different. The only thing they noted that changed was the pickle.
At one point, Whipple was going to sell the burger on eBay. Bids reached close to $2,000 but ultimately he and his family decided to keep it for its educational use.
Whipple said he shows the hamburger to his grandchildren to convince them not to eat junk food.
"It's great for my grandkids to see. To see what happens with fast food," he said.