The Perfect Caper in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla., is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida's dining scene. The restaurant is a two-time recipient of a Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine and the restaurant is also the first eatery in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands to earn the recognition. Chef Jeanie Roland is the culinary brilliance behind the restaurant and she has once again been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in the South. You can help her receive this honor by voting for her between now and Dec. 31, 2011. This title is awarded to one chef annually and we think it's time for Chef Jeanie to bring home the honor. This is how you can cast your vote:

  • Visit "The 2012 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Entry Form" on the James Beard website (just follow this link)
  • Register (for free)
  • Choose the "Best Chef: South" category
  • Cast your vote for Best Chef:  Jeanie Roland
  • Restaurant: The Perfect Caper
  • City: Punta Gorda
  • State: FL
  • Then hit submit to ensure your vote counts.

The Perfect Caper serves 2 for 1 lunch Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 5 to 10 p.m., and Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. The Lounge is open daily 4:30 p.m. to close. The restaurant offers a menu fitting every budget and occasion including a nightly 2-course $25 prix fixe menu. Dinner reservations are recommended at (941) 505-9009 or You can even make reservations with your iPhone using the free OpenTable app. The Perfect Caper 121 E. Marion Ave. Punta Gorda, Fla. 33950 Tel: (941) 505-9009