What You Need to Know About the Communion Wafer-Topped Ghost Burger at Kuma's Corner


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The Ghost Burger [Courtesy of Kuma's Corner/Facebook]

So I realize I am terribly late in covering this story, but since it first came to my attention last week, it's only gotten more confusing. Hopefully this clears things up a bit.

What Happened

Kuma's Corner is serving a burger this month called The Ghost, which is topped with slow braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar, ghost chile aioli, red wine reduction, and, oh yeah, a communion wafer. That latter ingredient offended some, and the resulting media storm has been covered by just about every single publication you can think of, from the Chicago Tribune and the Huffington Post to SPIN and the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

The Heavy Metal Background

Kuma's Corner offers a new burger special every single month. Like most of the burgers on its regular menu, the dish is named for heavy metal band. That was definitely the case last year when I ordered a Christ Inversion, named for the band of the same name. This month's special was named after Ghost B.C., a Swedish heavy metal band that is currently touring in the U.S.

What's Happened Since

Despite calls to remove the burger, Kuma's Corner held firm, posting an update on its blog that includes the following statement:

"...we, in no way, created this as a commentary on religion or as an attack on anyones personal beliefs. In the past we have done a number of burgers dealing with this same exact topic to very little fanfare. Never in the spirit of offending anyone, and always in mindset of praising a band for the work that they do."

Kuma's also announced that it would make a $1,500 donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese, writing that "we understand that they share our mentality of serving anyone in need from any walk of life." But that's not where this ends.

The same charity released a statement claiming that it "has not received nor will we accept a donation from Kuma's Corner." But according to CBS Chicago, Kuma's owner, Michael Cain, claims that the "money's already been taken out of his bank account."

So, there you go. Some people are really pissed, others are not. Perhaps getting lost in all of this is that a heavy metal band from Sweden is getting way more press than it ever imagined possible.