By Jeff Mays
HARLEM — President Barack Obama will hold a $30,000 per head fundraiser at the Red Rooster Harlem restaurant later this month, Politico reported.
Obama will host a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Lenox Avenue establishment of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, according to the website. The event will be a small affair with six tables where attendees would pay $30,800 per ticket.
Afterward, Obama will attend a "thank you" reception at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The event at the museum is being billed as an invitation only and the DNC will not be asking for donations.
Samuelsson opened up his restaurant to much fanfare in December. The restaurant has attracted a lot of attention and brought many visitors to Harlem.
Samuelsson is the former winner of Bravo's Top Chef Master's. He has authored a couple of cookbooks and also prepared Obama's first state dinner. He has described the restaurant as a "contemporary version of new Harlem that brings the former, the present and the future together," and said he wanted the bistro to "invite people to come to Harlem, taste Harlem and experience Harlem."
Politico says Obama' trip to the historic neighborhood is his first in several months and is an attempt to keep his support level high among black voters as the 2012 presidential election approaches.