Washington (CNN) - As he comes closer to launching his 2012 re-election campaign, President Barack Obama caps a trip to New York City Tuesday by headlining two events for the Democratic National Committee.
The president will join around 50 supporters at the Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem. According to a DNC official, at $30,800 a plate, the event is expected to raise $1.5 million for the party committee.
Marcus Samuelsson, the owner of the restaurant, was a guest chef at the White House for Obama's first state dinner in 2009.
Then the president heads to Studio Museum, which is also in Harlem, to speak to approximately 250 attendees. The DNC official tells CNN that the second gathering is not considered a fundraiser, but rather a "thank you" event with supporters.
Earlier Tuesday the president's scheduled to deliver remarks in New York City at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building.
Earlier this month, the president headlined two DNC events in the nation's capital. Obama spoke to members of the party committee's national advisory board and national finance committee at one of the gatherings and met with approximately 50 supporters and potential supporters of his 2012 re-election bid.
The DNC is technically running the president's political operation until Obama registers with the Federal Election Commission as a 2012 presidential candidate, which will allow the campaign to begin raising money. Obama brought in a record-breaking $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could raise up to $1 billion for his re-election bid.
The president's also scheduled to headline a Democratic National Committee event on April 14 in his hometown of Chicago.
CNN confirmed Monday that when Obama sets up his 2012 re-election campaign, it will be headquartered in a downtown Chicago office building.
A Democratic source confirmed to CNN that the re-election campaign will be housed in One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper which faces the city's Grant Park, where Obama held his 2008 election night victory rally. The story was first reported earlier Monday by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.
The office tower, known to many as the Prudential Building, its original name, is about two blocks away from the building where Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was headquartered.
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