Our Philosophy

Workshops Essayer is your home for inspired living. We love to highlight our favorite craft DIY’s, design tutorials and recipes for all kinds of yummy dishes, drinks and treats. At WE, we believe all you need is a hint of whimsy, a dash of impish charm and a sprinkle of inspiration.

Our Story

January 2011 was the birth month of Workshops Essayer.  We started teaching cooking classes to 3 to 5 year olds in one school.  In the last few years we have grown to teaching in several schools in New York City, Brooklyn and Hoboken, NJ and working with students from 3 to 13 years of age.   While cooking has been our longest running classes, we have expanded our repertoire to include other creative arts subjects like crafts, design and beauty product development.

Because of the number of requests we have gotten, we have also started teaching our creative classes outside of the school environment for teens and adults.  We also offer customized activities and instruction for birthday parties and other special events.

Meet the Team

We are a small group of people who love working with kids and adults and passing on the creative skills that we have been honing for years and years.


Eddie Mazarura

Founder & Principal

Eddie Mazarura founded Workshops Essayer in 2011.  She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology  with a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications.  After working in healthcare PR for many years, she took that giant step forward to combine her two loves: working with children and the art of creating, to create her dream job.  Her interests include reading, binge watching TV, swing dance and learning how to make some of her favorite things.


Diane Weintraub Pohl


Diane Weintraub Pohl joined Workshops Essayer in 2018. She graduated from New York’s Institute of Culinary Education and the University at Albany with a BA in English and Journalism. After years as an advertising copywriter, she attended culinary school to combine her love of cooking and writing as a food writer. She interned at The New York Times Dining section and for many years served asWestchester magazine’s Food Editor while living in Hastings on Hudson raising her two sons. Now that they are grown, with the younger in college, she recently moved to Manhattan and is enjoying her adventures in several culinary ventures. She is an avid salsa and tango dancer, skier, and European traveler, most recently to the Netherlands and Belgium.


Melissa Grounds


Melissa Grounds began working with Workshops Essayer in August of 2016. She graduated from Penn State University, where she studied Telecommunications. Post graduation, she worked for six years in the financial space, before leaving to pursue her creative work full-time. With a background in prop and decor creation, Melissa enjoys fostering the unique approach each student takes to complete a project. Her interests include doing NYT crossword puzzles, binge watching TV shows and spending time with family.