Joie De Vivre Restaurant is Deeny’s life
FOR WARWICK'S Joie De Vivre (The Joy of Life) Restaurant owner Deeny Kohler-Caporale running her business has been a steep learning curve.
The restaurant has been open for almost 18 months and in that time it has been a hit with locals and tourists.
Ms Kohler-Caporale said the King St business would continue to open in 2014.
"Thanks to my wonderful customers I will stay longer," she said.
"I've finally worked out that people need more than just food.
"They need to be entertained.
"People need to feel every time they come that they leave having made fresh acquaintances."
As the sole operator of the Bohemian-style restaurant, Ms Kohler-Caporale said the business had become her life.
"Ninety-nine per cent of me is the business," she said.
"I have a wonderful group of helpers and they all have the same attitude."
For Ms Kohler-Caporale, Joie De Vivre is all about people being able to share their journeys together.
"I've always felt that the only thing that makes one happy is the joy of life in a simple way," she said.
"Simplicity in life is played out through food, music and art."
There are a number of different elements to Joie De Vivre, with the restaurant offering more than just a fine dining experience.
"My forte is providing a venue for private functions," Ms Kohler-Caporale said.
"We cater for all sorts of functions, from corporate to art council, birthdays and weddings."
The busy restaurant owner is gearing up for two big events this week: a New Year's Eve party tonight and a French champagne wedding breakfast on Saturday.
The New Year's Eve Ritz 'N' Glitz party at the Joie De Vivre is fully booked, with 60 people having bought tickets for the evening's festivities.
"We're going to all conga-line out the back door, round the building and out to the front where we will count the year in on the street," she said. "I'll open up the front doors and there will be non-stop jazz until 12.30."
The new year is set to be exciting for visitors to the Joie De Vivre with a number of monthly activities planned throughout the year. Among the activities is the First Tuesday Film Club on the first Tuesday of each month and the Socrates Cafe (a meeting for those who want to talk about the meaning of life) every second Thursday.
There are also art classes with artists Jill Kelly and Sue Keong every Saturday morning, a cabaret show once a month on a Wednesday morning for seniors and a number of talks on the last Thursday of each month by guest speakers from Brisbane.
Ms Kohler-Caporale, a passionate jazz musician and artist, has been living in the Rose City for 18 years.
"I came to Warwick intending to spend a year here," she said.
"Warwick has got to be a good place.
"I'm still here.
"With every fibre of my being I promote the town.
"It's been good to me."
For more information phone Deeny on 0409 054 939.