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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Why Do So Many Sommeliers Fill Their Lists with Weird Wines?

Sebastian Zutant

Sommelier Sebastian Zutant only pours what he wants to pour—and that means obscure wines. Here, he defends weird.

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Why Are Craft Cocktails So Pricey?

Mixologist Jim Meehan on Craft Cocktail Prices

A $15 drink is expensive for a reason. Mixologist Jim Meehan traces the cost back to hand-carved ice and leather (not pleather) seats.

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Why Do So Many Restaurants Not Take Reservations?

Ken Friedman, Posterboy for the No-Reservations Trend

Ken Friedman—the poster boy for the no-reservations trend—reveals his thinking and tells why he'd never choose to wait for a table.

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Chefs, Bartenders and Baristas Reveal Their Every Day Carries

Tim Love's Every Day Carry.

Every Day Carry courtesy of Tim Love.

I’ve often thought about which items I should have on me at all times—essentials like keys and a wallet, of course, but also gizmos like mini flashlights and bottle openers that are needed only occasionally (but oh-so helpful when they are). Turns out there’s a whole community of folks online who have turned this question into a full-time obsession. They’ve dubbed it Every Day Carry (EDC), and on blogs, Tumblrs, forums and elsewhere, users share photos and descriptions of their personal sets of super-practical—sometimes tactical—gear, with the goal of always being ready for just about any situation. In that spirit, we asked chefs, bartenders and baristas for their professional EDCs—the portable tools they need to perform just about any job-related task. Scroll through the following slideshow to see what gear these pros couldn’t imagine living without: Professional Every Day Carry.

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.