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.
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. The 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 Caper offers a truly unique dining experience as well as superior service and atmosphere. Join us at the Caper for a cocktail, some Jazz, and a night of fabulous dining!
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, Hyde Park, NY, she has a huge following in Punta Gorda; also hosting numerous cooking classes to sold out rooms. She has recently been invited 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 for the New Year.
Earlier this year Jeanie, wanting to get closer to her family and roots, opened Ella's Fine 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)
Chef Roland, in addition to many successful jobs in the industry, was previously the Corporate Chef for IMPAC, a worldwide consulting firm based Punta Gorda. While with IMPAC, Roland travelled the world, from Malaysia to China and throughout Europe, bringing cultural cuisine to business and political leaders.
Jeanie has been recognized by her peers for her achievements.
4-time James Beard Foundation
Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South Region
2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
2009, 2010 & 2011 Florida Trend Magazine
Golden Spoon Award Winner
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.
Previous experiences included World-wide Director of Special Events and Hospitality with IMPAC consulting. The primary focus of this position was Destination management, creation and execution of high-end hospitality and Special events for large corporate clients and political organizations.
A 1987 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, James is married to Jeanie Roland and they reside in Punta Gorda, Florida.