Biscotti Café and Gelateria has been open for 20 years, but the business almost went up in flames; a couple doors down, a massive fire tore through four buildings, but Biscotti’s was left unscathed.
“We were told that our power was going to get cut off at a certain time, at that point we called all of our customers to let them know that they needed to come down now,” said Geoffrey Camire, Biscotti’s owner.
One of those calls going to Margaret Ireland.
“He said there is a horrible, horrible fire here and I know that this cake is very important to you and your family and I want to try and get it to you somehow and I don’t know how to,” said Ireland.
The cake was simple: a strawberry shortcake, but behind it was so much meaning.
“My sister was murdered in 1976 and she left a beautiful daughter, my niece, and it was my niece’s 50th birthday [Wednesday],” said Ireland.
But the story doesn’t end there, Margaret recently found out she had another niece–her sister’s long lost daughter. The two sisters were set to meet at the party.
“It was very special and he knew that and he went above and beyond for us, and it was just a miracle, really,” said Ireland.
Geoff agreed to drive the cake to Margaret, the pair meeting at a Lowe’s in Cicero.
“If that’s something that we can do then by all means we’ll do it,” said Camire.
The family gathering happened, but what got canceled was plans Geoff and his wife had, to celebrate their 20th anniversary.