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The Last Supper, Just Add Burger Meat

Posted 10/04/2013 2:45 pm by
A little more nutritional value than the usual holy communion.

A little more nutritional value than the usual holy communion.

There are some things that cannot be messed with, and a good burger is one of those things.  On the surface, a hamburger is a simple food.  Ground meat, a bun, a hot surface to cook it on, etc.  However, you can get very creative with your hamburgers if you really want to.  A Chicago, Illinois eatery called Kuma’s Corner is getting very creative with its burgers.  Known as a foodie haven with loud heavy metal music playing and only a few tabletops for eaters, Kuma’s Corner is pushing burgers to extremes that have angered some local religious folks.  Kuma’s Corner sells a hamburger topped with a Communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.

As if that wasn’t controversial enough, the burger topped with an unconsecrated wafer like that used with the Eucharist is also named after a Swedish band called Ghost.  Members of Ghost paint their faces like skulls and wear religious robes on stage while blasting out their metal music.  Despite the fact that Kuma’s Corner routinely names their food after metal bands, they typically don’t play around with sacramental ingredients, hence the controversy.  It’s been a mixed bag for Kuma’s, with some folks indignant, some folks amused, and most folks just curious about how the final product tastes.  I will say that a good red wine reduction paired with good beef can be magical; I’m not quite as sold on the cracker on top of the pile of melted cheese.

“There are people who are offended by it, but we’re delighted to see that generally people seem to have a sense of humor,” says Luke Tobias, the director of operations for Kuma’s Corner.  “Hopefully people will have a good time with it — that’s certainly what we’re trying to do.”

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