WBEZ | red wine reduction http://www.wbez.org/tags/red-wine-reduction Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Sinful' burger served in Chicago restaurant offending some Catholics http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/sinful-burger-served-chicago-restaurant-offending-some-catholics-108849 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_york_minister.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">A 10-ounce goat and beef burger served at Kuma&rsquo;s Corner on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side is being called sinful for more than its calorie count. The Ghost Burger is topped with red wine reduction and an Communion wafer that was inspired by a <a href="http://ghost-official.com/?cat=/" target="_blank">Sweden band</a> and also could symbolize the body and blood of Christ.</p><p dir="ltr">The burger is the monthly offering at Kuma&rsquo;s, a foodie destination with just a few tables. The eatery regularly names its hamburgers after heavy metal bands. The members of Ghost dress in religious robes and wear skeleton face makeup.</p><p dir="ltr">It&#39;s in poor taste, said Jeff Young of New Orleans, who runs the blog <em>Catholic Foodie</em>.</p><p dir="ltr">&quot;It&#39;s not, for us, the Eucharist,&quot; Young said. &quot;However this wafer is a symbol. There&#39;s a cross on it. It&#39;s like taking a flag and burning a flag.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Michael Caine, owner of Kuma&rsquo;s identifies himself as Lutheran and said he was not at all offended when his sous chef suggested the burger idea.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t intended to be a religious statement, it wasn&rsquo;t intended to be anything. We bought the wafers on Amazon, they&rsquo;re not blessed by anyone,&rdquo; Caine added, &ldquo;Does everyone forget that God might have a sense of humor?&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Luke Tobias, Kuma&#39;s Corner director of operations, said the restaurant never wanted to offend anyone. He said reaction has been a &quot;mixed bag,&quot; but more positive than negative.</p><p dir="ltr">&quot;There are people who are offended by it, but we&#39;re delighted to see that generally people seem to have a sense of humor,&quot; Tobias said.</p><p dir="ltr">The restaurant, which often plays loud heavy metal music, is a fan of Ghost, Tobias said. Young said he realizes that and knows Kuma&#39;s Corner didn&#39;t intentionally want to make anyone mad.</p><p dir="ltr">&quot;The Ghost&quot; burger is selling well, Tobias said, because customers are curious about it.</p><p dir="ltr">&quot;Hopefully people will have a good time with it &mdash; that&#39;s certainly what we&#39;re trying to do,&quot; Tobias said.</p><p dir="ltr">Kuma&rsquo;s in the past has had burgers named after defamed former governor Rod Blagojevich and also topped a burger with foie gras when Chicago&rsquo;s city council had tried to ban the delicacy because they said it was cruel to animals. The dish is made by fattening up ducks&rsquo; livers, often through force-feeding.</p><p>Caine&rsquo;s staff said its keeping the Ghost burger on the menu, complaints or not, until the end of the month.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p><p><em>Aurora Aguilar is WBEZ&rsquo;s News Editor. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/aurorabr13" target="_blank">@aurorabr13</a></em></p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/sinful-burger-served-chicago-restaurant-offending-some-catholics-108849