With a lifelong career in hospitality across some of Australia’s most-loved venues, Daniel brings a wealth of F&B experience with him to Paris to Provence. Daniel is the creator and owner of Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie and Rufus Bar, two Melbourne venues known for their intimate ambiance, niche offerings and passion for sharing their expertise with guests and patrons. Strong family ties to Europe ensure Daniel’s ongoing dedication to resurrecting and sharing cultural traditions, food and festivities from across the continent, often with a modern Australian twist.
As the new owner of Paris to Provence (personally selected by Laura Rancie) Daniel looks forward to continuing to bring the whimsical spirit of Festival Français de Melbourne to South Yarra each year, creating a place for the local French community and locals alike to enjoy the flavours of France.
Mia has extensive Marketing and PR experience having worked for years in many different sectors, across varied events from Trade Shows to Soirées. She loves and embraces all things French but is of Italian/English heritage. Having traveled all over the world Mia adores this great city of Melbourne with it's rich and diverse culture and food scene. Mia had volunteered for several years with Paris to Provence over the festival days, but with her exceptional skills, creative ideas and love of events she is the perfect fit as Exhibit Manager and Exhibitor Liaison.
At age 5, Laura Rancie migrated to Australia with her family from Marseille (in the south of France). Growing up to French parents in Melbourne allowed her to continue speaking French at home, but never knew much of Australia's French community until her early adult years when she sought it out. After High School she received an International Work Experience Scholarship to study International Relations at Brigham Young University - Hawaii, on the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii, and worked as a French tour guide at the Polynesian Cultural Centre. Upon returning to Australia she sought out and embraced the French community of Melbourne which led to creating Victoria's most loved French events.
At age 27 she founded Australia's first French festival, Paris to Provence, in May 2010 at the Abbotsford Convent. Since then most other Australian states have created successful and well attended French festivals too adding to Australia's love of the French culture. In 2019, Laura made a coastal move up north, leaving her much-loved festival in the care of longtime exhibitor, Daniel Verheyen and his team from Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie.