BOMOSEEN -Bomoseen's Crystal Beach Search and Rescue Patrol has provided the Tribune was this late-breaking news tip: a curuous mascot named Chef Bob, created by the Lakehouse Pub and Grille on Route 30 in Bomoseen, has been kidnapped. What can you do to help rescue him? Well, chocolate-more specifically, chocolate cake-seems to be the perfect "ransom".
A make-believe ransom note, with cutout newspaper letters, alerted owner Brad Burns that he would be contacted soon.
"Since the kidnapping, the Bob Bandits called and left numerous calls and clues in the form of pictures, phone calls and mailed letters," said Burns. "They have asked for a very specific ransom for Chef Bob's return, and that is Susan's chocolate cake."
Susan Field, a cook and member of the Burns family, is known for her trademark and famed dessert, chocolate, chocolate cake, a cake that does not last very long.
In order to ensure the safe return of Chef Bob, Burns has given into the kidnapper's demands and sacrificed himself by sitting on the ice. Burns has gone far enough to sit there holding Susan's chocolate cake.
To take it a step further, Burns has changed the menu to include the chocolate cake for those in need of their fix.
Mascot Chef Bob has been watching out for everyone at the lakeside dining locale on Lake Bomoseen, especially when the lake freezes over to allow for many to skate off the back deck. Chef Bob loves hanging by the large martini glass icon sculpted out of the ice. The image, shown in last week's Rutland Tribune on page 5, is illuminated every night while the lake remains frozen.
Not only does hard working Chef Bob sit out on the ice and monitor the activities, but he also helps the Lakehouse to raise money for the Crystal Beach Recreational Department-that is, until his recent demise.