The Caper started out in 2002 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 9-time Golden Spoon Award Winner, Florida Trend Magazine
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Hall of Fame, 2017 Hall of Fame

Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame     James Beard Foundation medalion

Jeanie Roland is an 7-time James Beard Foundation
Semi-finalist, Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South Region, & Nominee in New England

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 - Owner

Punta Gorda, Florida

Chef Jeanie Roland, The Perfect Caper restaurant, Punta Gorda, FL

With her restaurants The Perfect Caper in Punta Gorda, Florida, and Ella's Food & Drink in Westerly, Rhode Island, and more than 25 years of experience in the kitchen, Jeanie Roland brings a culinary expertise and competitive energy to everything she does.

She has more James Beard nominations than most chefs get in a lifetime and recently went toe-to-toe against Bobby Flay on Beat Bobby Flay (Food Network), where she won.

Roland uses refined French technique and Asian influences to create unique cuisine that keeps patrons coming back over and over. She's a seven-time James Beard Foundation nominee for "Best Chef: South," and nine-time Florida Trend Magazine "Golden Spoon Award" winner, lauded in Florida Trend Magazine's "Hall of Fame" 2016 and 2017.

Chef Roland has travelled extensively in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, England, France, Ireland, Italy and Morocco, using those experiences to cultivate a globally and culturally inspired view of food.

Chef Jeanie Roland will Compete on the Food Network Season 2 of Iron Chef Gauntlet

Punta Gorda and Westerly chef, Connecticut native Jeanie Roland will be featured as one of seven chefs vying for the coveted title of IRON CHEF on the upcoming Season 2, premiering April 4th. Chef Roland is the only chef from New England to compete in the Season 2 series and looks to take down the competition.

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 9-time Golden Spoon Award Winner, Florida Trend Magazine
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Hall of Fame, 2017 Hall of Fame

Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame     James Beard Foundation medalion

Jeanie Roland is an 7-time James Beard Foundation
Semi-finalist, Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South Region, & Nominee in New England

James 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