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Waxman, chef/owner of Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village and a host of the recent Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival, is among a number of celebrity chefs linked to new restaurants in Nashville. Waxman is known for specializing in California cuisine, although its still not clear what type of restaurant would open in Nashville. Others with current and future interest in Music City include Food Networks Maneet Chauhan; Texas chef Tim Love; Tom Colicchio, founder of Gramercy Tavern in New York City; and British chef April Bloomfield. In addition, Sean Brock recently opened Husk Nashville. Earlier this year, Waxman told The Tennessean that Nashville has a lot of great infrastructure and a population now thats hungry. I dont think you have to talk me into it, he said, when asked at the time whether he would consider a location in Nashville. Its one thing I’ve been sort of thinking about. Its a great town. Its really festive and fun and a great atmosphere. So many great farms are here and so many resources. Contacted earlier this week, Waxman declined to comment on plans for the Gulch site, adding he was busy preparing for a big event. Ken Levitan, the co-president of artist management company Vector Management whos leading efforts to open the restaurant here, also declined to comment. Real estate observers said the interest from celebrity chefs including Waxman reflects Nashvilles rising profile on the national scene. Its a hotbed of activity for high-end chefs to establish new restaurants in the hottest city in America, said Mark Bloom, who owns property in the Gulch. On Tuesday morning, a group of local subcontractors gathered at the site with a project manager from Nashville-based Dowdle Construction Group LLC, which is expected to oversee work on the building across 12th Avenue South from Virago restaurant. In May, Ultimate Tire relocated from the building at 1210 McGavock St.

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But the celebrity tactic has failed before, reports Nina Strochlic. Back in July, a group of Hollywood stars gathered at the White House to strategize a push for registration after the October 1 rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Among others, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Hudson, Kal Penn, and representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, and the Funny or Die team offered their influence during a meeting with senior aide Valerie Jarrett and, briefly, President Obama himself. Getty Images (4) On Monday, the first result of that brainstorm hit the Internet: a pro bono Funny or Die spoof featuring Hudson impersonating Scandals political fixer Olivia Pope . The clip shows troubled Washingtonians finding their problems have already been solved by Obamacare. A handful more ads will be released in the coming weeks. But despite two Hollywood-heavy campaign seasons, leading the GOP twice to dub Obama the celebrity president, research is against Team Obamas reliance on advertisements and PSAs featuring stars. Such marketing, with a few exceptions, does worse with viewers across the board, said Jonathan Symonds, executive vice president of marketing for the television analytics company Ace Metrix. Of the 2,000-odd political ads released during the 2012 campaign, the ones for which Team Obama enlisted the help of Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogues Anna Wintour, among other celebrities, were the worst performing, Symonds said. Still, to build a balanced market for Obamacare, the administration needs an estimated 2.7 million Americans between the ages of 18 to 35 to sign up, many of whom arent tuned in to traditional news and have little to no understanding of the laws specifics. Celebrities can drive awareness, and there are not a tremendous amount of creative angles out there for [Obama] and others to talk about implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Symonds said. This is an easy way to say, I can go to this person and have them explain it rather than have a less well-known person explain a complex issue. Thats where the attention-grabbing and shareable ads, aimed at people who use Twitter to follow celebrities rather than track the congressional debacle, can play a role.