TV One host and CNN contributor Roland Martin loves to entertain! The respected journalist and political pundit hosted an invite-only Hollywood dinner party at the home of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway.
“I grew up in Houston where my family would throw get-togethers just for the fun of it, so this party is what I like to do when I come out to the west coast; I simply do not have enough time to do lunch with everybody,” said Martin. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I simply sent out a text message on Thursday and here we are!”
Among those on Martin’s digital invite list who attended the party included actress Jackee Harry, Judge Kevin Ross, TV host Tanika Ray, comedian Chris Spencer, actress Tatyana Ali, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Greg Mathis, actors Dondre Whitfield and wife Salli Richardson, TV and film producer Tracey Edmonds, actress Elise Neal, music manager Sonja Norwood, singer Erica Campbell of Mary Mary and husband, music producer Warryn Campbell, actress Robinne Lee, actor/director Bill Duke and host of other Hollywood personalities and tastemakers.
Guests dined on a decadent gourmet meal prepared completely by Calloway. The menu featured slow roasted chicken, “Killer Shrimp” in spicy champagne and garlic sauce, Korean BBQ, fried cat fish, coconut rice, potato salad, grilled mixed veggies, and a mixed greens salad with candied pecans and goat cheese in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Martin thanked Calloway who was gracious enough to open her home and host the party.
“I enjoy hosting people and cooking for family and friends,” said Calloway. “I’m getting a chance to meet some new people tonight. It has been my pleasure to help Roland celebrate community and fellowship.”
PHOTOS: See photos from Roland and Vanessa’s party below.