Food & Drink

Resident Culture to Host Barbecue Classes with Pitmaster Edmar Simoes

New executive chef promises a hands-on experience

Edmar Simoes (far left) leads a barbecue class at Resident Culture
Edmar Simoes (far left) leads a barbecue class at Resident Culture. (Photo by Gloria Zavaleta)

Resident Culture Brewing announced the launch of a monthly barbecue class that will help Charlotteans get more comfortable behind the grill this summer, the brewery’s most recent action to expand the offerings at its South End location. 

New executive chef Edmar Simoes, who joined the team to run its new culinary program in December 2023, will helm the classes, which will teach attendees how to cook Carolina-style barbecue and styles from around the world in a hands-on way. 

Simoes grew up in Brazil and had previously worked as the kitchen director at the Urban District Market in Optimist Park. 

“Edmar is a world-class chef and has worked with some of the finest in the Charlotte community, Brazil and beyond,” said Resident Culture CEO and co-owner Amanda McLamb in a release announcing the classes.“We’re so excited for him to share his passion and excitement for his craft in a hands-on experience with our guests that echoes our mission of community.”

Classes will start on July 14 and run every second Sunday of the month from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. at Resident Culture’s South End location 332. 

This is not your typical barbecue class where students stand around and watch commercial-scale cooking demonstrations, Simoes insisted. Students should be ready to get smokey and get right in the thick of things while learning from an expert. 

“We’ll have experts onsite to answer questions and guide the work, but this is truly a hands-on, immersive barbecue experience — a small-group coaching session,” Simoes stated in the release. “We want to teach barbecue methods that bring comfort and flavors from other regions of the world and right here in the Carolinas.” 

Every class will have eight available spots, each costing $400. Resident Culture will provide amenities as part of the lessons, including breakfast and coffee, swag bags of Resident Culture gear, additional food and drink, and take-away portions of the meats prepared during the lessons including brisket, pork butt, chicken leg quarters, chicken wings and top sirloin. 

Simoes launched a new culinary menu at Resident Culture in February, aiming to honor Carolina barbecue while incorporating global influences. The new menu included Brazilian cheese bread, known as pão de queijo; smoked brisket egg rolls; and skewers called espetinhos that consist of lightly smoked top sirloin steak topped with fresh chimichurri. 

The menu also includes more traditional barbecue options including the Butcher’s Block Sampler, a sampling of smoked brisket, pulled pork, and smoked turkey served alongside handcrafted house barbecue, Eastern Carolina barbecue, and Carolina barbecue sauces. 

“I grew up on a farm in Brazil cooking with my mother and her family,” Simoes said upon launching the new menu in February. “Open fire cooking, to me, is about community, culture and gathering. It’s the celebration of the life of the animal, and the togetherness with family and neighbors.” 

Read more: Resident Culture South End Has Transcended the Brewery Culture

Resident Culture South End’s location, where the classes are held, is closed every Monday but open Tuesday through Sunday. It is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Sign up for classes through Toast


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