The Caper started out in 2000 on Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda. A restaurant and deli counter, The Caper quickly outgrew the 10-table venue and in 2004, moved into its present location.

The Perfect Caper is Southwest Florida's premier dining destination.

Located in Punta Gorda on Florida's gulf coast, halfway between Sarasota and Naples, on Florida's Gulf Coast, the Caper is a casually elegant neighborhood restaurant, with something for EVERYONE!

Chef Jeanie Roland and her husband/business manager James Roland own and operate The Perfect Caper restaurant and also Ella’s Fine Food and Drink in Westerly, Rhode Island. ┬áThe Perfect Caper is a 165-seat, display kitchen restaurant. (Ella’s is a 200-seat restaurant with private and terrace dining, featuring Chef Roland’s signature French-Asian inspired fare.)

Chef Roland has always extolled the virtues of the freshest ingredients in her kitchen, as well as the use of all natural and organic ingredients for her menu. Menus change frequently, not just as a challenge to herself, but also to the staff. As many diners love their menu Favorites, it makes it hard to change the entire menu. However Chef Roland, in her pursuit of perfection, has been quoted as saying that perhaps, "she has yet to create her best dish!"

The Perfect Caper is an 8-time Golden Spoon Award Winner, Florida Trend Magazine
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Hall of Fame)

Trend Magazine Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award     James Beard Foundation medalion

Jeanie Roland is an 6-time James Beard Foundation
Semi-finalist, Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South Region, & Nominee in New England
2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

The Caper offers a truly unique dining experience as well as superior service and atmosphere. Join us at the Caper for a cocktail and a night of fabulous dining!

Jeanie Roland, chef, Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FLJeanie Roland
Chef - Owner

Waterbury, Connecticut

Chef Roland has presided in the kitchen of The Perfect Caper since day one and creates memorable experiences for her diners. A graduate of the culinary arts program at the Culinary Institute of America ('92), Hyde Park, NY, she has a huge following in Punta Gorda; also hosting numerous cooking classes to sold out rooms. She has been to Hong Kong to display her cooking skills and talent. Roland is also working on a cookbook, 'Cooking at the Caper' and expects to have it available someday soon.

In 2012 Jeanie, wanting to get closer to her family and roots, opened Ella's Food and Drink in Westerly Rhode Island with husband James. Ella's is a 200-seat restaurant located in this coastal community, featuring some of Jeanie's whimsical menu ideas from Florida, but mainly featuring the fabulous local fare from the New England area. (www.ellasfinefoodanddrink.com)

Jeanie has been recognized by her peers for her achievements. Read about her on the Culinary Institute blog: Women in Food Service - From Strength to Strength

The Perfect Caper is an 8-time Golden Spoon Award Winner, Florida Trend Magazine
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Hall of Fame)

Trend Magazine Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award     James Beard Foundation medalion

Jeanie Roland is an 6-time James Beard Foundation
Semi-finalist, Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South Region, & Nominee in New England
2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

James Roland, owner, Perfect Caper Restaurant, Punta Gorda, FLJames Roland
Owner

Los Angeles, California

James, along with his wife Jeanie, operates all aspects of the The Perfect Caper restaurant. Overseeing operations and service of the restaurant, The Caper is well recognized for its attention to detail; annually ranked for fine cuisine and for the attentive customer service. James is a task master and provides the high level of training and support for his staff that discerning customers have come to expect from the restaurant.

In addition to service, James trains staff in proper wine service, cocktail creation, menu writing and customer relations. From the bus staff to the bar staff, all team members are trained to be a part of the hospitality experience.

James also manages public relations and marketing for the Restaurant. With the social media onslaught, Mr. Roland keeps the restaurant up-to-date with viral media as well as instant messaging and e-marketing. The Caper has quickly adapted to reach customers where they are and to provide them with the instant marketing they crave.

A 1987 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, James is married to Jeanie Roland and they reside in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Manuel Chavez
Executive Chef

Daniel Huerta
Sous Chef

Gabriel Imbriaco
General Manager