On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, twenty-one Beta Pi brothers complied with COVID-19 protocols and defied the cold weather to thoroughly enjoy a fabulous feast at the 5th Annual Beta Pi dinner at the Calle Ocho Restaurant on Broadway at 106th Street in New York City.

Jeff Kaufman ’80, the organizer of this event, was ably assisted by Rob Stavis ’81, who hosted the event. Entering the large and well-appointed restaurant, guests are greeted with a long sit-down bar to the left and seating to the right. On this night, Beta Pi brothers were led to an outdoor space that was enclosed, perfectly heated for everyone’s comfort, and had its own bar.

The bar was open all evening and never stopped as waiters took orders and delivered fresh drinks to the brothers during the cocktail hour and during the meal. Prior to the sit-down dinner, mingling groups of 2, 3, and 4, renewed old acquaintances and swapped stories and updates on families (including children and grandchildren), careers, and memories of fraternity life at Penn. During the cocktail hour, an assortment of delectable appetizers was passed around by the wait staff. It was hard to keep up with the waiters as they brought out tray after tray from the kitchen.

Dinner came family style. Large plates of steak, salmon, chicken, vegetables, and desserts were brought to the two tables seating the Beta Pi’s lucky to have been able to attend. In attendance were Buddy Altus ’80Adam Amsterdam ’79Tom Brodie ’81Morty Cohen ’65Ken Esterow ’83John Feder ’80Adam Hodes ’81Dave Horing ’81John Joseph ’80Jeff Kaufman ’80Steve Kreichman ’79Eric Morgenstern ’81Lawrence Orans ’80Mark Rothman ’82Bora Sila ‘80Rob Stavis ’81Lee Weiner ’77Ross Weiner ’80Sam Weinstein ’81John Davidson Woodward III ’78, and Steve Winston ’77. Included above were three brothers from the Philadelphia area and one from DC.

In a sign of support for the Beta Pi Alumni Association (Beta Pi A.A.), 15 brothers made donations to the Beta Pi A.A. totaling $600.

All in attendance had a great time. If you can’t believe this, check out the smiles in the photo accompanying this article. As the festive occasion was coming to an end, many of the brothers thanked Rob and Jeff for the best annual Beta Pi dinner they have ever attended.