The South by Southwest pop-up mania continues, this time with actor Hugh Jackman’s coffee shop Laughing Man Cafe Then, noted Aussie television chef Curtis Stone will host a happy hour with Australian cheese/charcuterie/wine happy hour for one evening. The pop-up will take place at AustraliaHouse presented by G’Day USA at Lucille on 77 Rainey Street.
Jackman’s Laughing Man Cafe will run all week long, serving brewed coffees and flat whites. Food isn’t planned. The cafe will feature a K-cup wall with Laughing Man’s coffees, so people can brew coffee on the spot or take it home. The cafe will be open from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16.
Stone will host an Australian-centric wine, cheese, and charcuterie happy hour. The meats will come from his Los Angeles restaurant Gwen, which notably contains a butcher shop. He’s excited about showcasing tastes of Australia, which is influenced by European techniques and adapted for the Australian climate.
Stone’s happy hour takes place on Monday, March 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jackman will make an appearance that day as well, to talk about Laughing Man’s social mission, during a discussion panel from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Jackman opened the New York coffee shop in 2011 with his friends Barry and David Steingard, who run the cafe. Laughing Man operates with a focus on charitable outreach and educational initiatives. It donates partial sales to the Laughing Man Foundation, which helps coffee farms around the world.
Stone is also the chef behind another Los Angeles restaurant, Maude. He has made appearances on various cooking competition television shows, including Top Chef Masters and currently, he’s the head judge of Top Chef Junior. He is also a cookbook author of books like Good Food, Good Life
The event is put together by G’Day USA, an organization which focuses on promoting Australia in America.