In The Press

WAG Magazine, November 2020 – ‘Toast’ Of The Town

WAG Magazine, November 2020 – A new cafe in tony Westport, Manna Toast, is doing brisk business with its heavenly sourdough toast sandwiches and original salads. I recently met you with the two co-owners, Stacy Bass wagmag.com/thru-the-lens-brightly/ and Molly Healey, and an in-person, outside table interview at the cafe on the wettest day in Westport since records began. Here is an edited version of our conversation: Read More

Westport Magazine, Nov/Dec 2020: Cuisine During COVID


Westport Magazine, Nov/Dec 2020 – After years of learning how to cook, and truly, deeply understand what she loved about it, Molly Healey refined her skills as a private chef. Then she took a leap. As luck would have it, she was in the right place at the right time when Yvette Waldman and Stacy Bass approached her about how to fill a space in Bedford Square. With Howard Bass and David Waldman, the team collaborated on the details of the new café: setting up the business plans, sourcing vendors, refining the menu, hiring and training staff and more. They didn’t stop until it came true. Manna Toast opened this past spring. Read more

CT Post, October 31, 2020 – Manna Toast in Westport offers fresh, healthy sandwiches

CT Post, October 31, 2020 – Stacy Bass has noticed that people don’t just say that they like Manna Toast — the Westport café she opened with chef Molly Healey and sister-in-law Yvette Waldman in the midst of the pandemic. “They say ‘I’m obsessed,’ ” says Bass, 53, of Westport. That was unexpected, she says, considering not only that Manna Toast’s opening took place during a notably tough time for restaurants, but also that it offers mostly vegetarian, rustic open-faced sandwiches, made with locally sourced ingredients. Its offerings include both the expected, such as a meatless burger, and surprising items, like its carrot lox, a vegetarian take on lox and bagels in which shaved carrots stand in for smoked salmon. Read More

CT Bites, May 24, 2020 – MANNA TOAST, All Day Café Opening in Westport

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CT Bites, May 24, 2020 – Manna Toast, an all-day café will open on Church Lane in Bedford Square in late July. Molly Healey, chef and owner, was until recently the owner of The Grateful Food company, a tri-state catering business. A classically trained chef who studied under the likes of Dan Barber, (Blue Hill at Stone Barnes) Molly is thrilled to open her first restaurant in Westport and described it to me as a “dream come true.” Read More