Babettes  Feast

Leah Lizarondo

Founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue


Sister Lyn Symkiewicz

Director of Ecology and Environment, Sisters of St. Joseph

Babette's Feast— The power of a shared meal

Leah Lizarondo, founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue, and Sister Lyn Symkiewicz, director of ecology and environment at the 94-acre reserve of the Sisters of St. Joseph, discuss food preparation and benefits of breaking bread together.

The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center Sewickley, PA

Film Synopsis

In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church.

Set in a remote Danish fishing village in the latter part of the 19th century, Babette’s Feast tells of two beautiful sisters (Birgitte Federspiel, Bodil Kjer) who give up their chance for romance and worldly success in order to care for their father, a strict pastor who preaches salvation through self-denial. After his death, they carry on his work, tending to his aging and increasingly quarrelsome flock with saintly devotion. When Babette (Stéphane Audran), a French political refugee, appears on their doorstep seeking shelter, they engage her to keep house and cook their meager meals. Years later, Babette wins the lottery and asks to prepare a sumptuous French feast for the community. Everyone accepts, but the thought of such decadence makes them fear for their Christian souls, and they agree not to show any pleasure. Aided by the exquisite food and wine, the parishioners can’t help but be transported by Babette’s culinary artistry, and soon rediscover their bonds of love and fellowship. Gabriel Axel directed this Oscar-winning Danish film.