By Emma Clapham.

Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of joining fifty guests for a sit down lunch with Damm Fine Foods in the iconic George Ballroom in St Kilda. Not bad for a wednesday right?

After nine years of being closed to the public, the iconic George Ballroom in St Kilda reopened its doors. Georgina Damm of Damm Fine Food  successfully brought the richly historical and architecturally significant landmark back to its former glory, launching it as a premium wedding, dining and event space. Since its closure in 2006, the venue suffered considerable damage to its intricate hand painted ceilings and walls. The team has spent many months extensively restoring the historic ballroom whilst maintaining the original facades of the decorated Victorian interior. Known for its Corinthian pilasters, brass and etched-glass gasoliers, stained-glass windows, and heavily decorative ceiling rosettes, the new George Ballroom is set to earn its place again as one of Melbourne’s premier venues.

Built in 1857, the George Hotel was first established as the Terminus Hotel where the rear wing of the hotel contained the highly decorated Ballroom, which in the 1930s was favored as Melbourne’s premium wedding destination for fashionable brides. Post war, the Ballroom (Crystal Ballroom) became the center of Melbourne’s alternative and punk music scenes by hosting up-and-coming local bands, most notably INXS, The Cure, Simple Minds, Nick Cave and Hunters and Collectors. I was absolutely blown away when I walked into the venue and the food was incredible. I can’t wait to hopefully attend many more events in this stunning space over the years to come.

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