One day, Babette receives notice that she has won 10,000 francs from the French lottery. The sisters, while happy for her, are crestfallen that she will undoubtedly go back to France with her new found fortune. This windfall occurs at the same time the sisters are planning the 100th anniversary of their father's birthday. Babette asks if she could honor their father with a "real French dinner". The sisters agree and Babette leaves for France for supplies because boiled flounder and wooden bowls just isn't going to cut it.
She returns a few days later, stocked to the gills with all manner of beast and fowl not seen before in the austere village. Cooking commences.
Babette spares no expense. Caviar, truffles, fresh fruit and champagne.