Linda Petterson
Safe Food Specialist

About Linda

Linda Petterson is a Certified Food Safety Instructor/Proctor with ServSafe of the National Restaurant Association and with Always Food Safe. She teaches custom Food Safety Manager’s classes throughout the state of Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana for her company Safe Food Specialist.

Linda’s career in the hospitality industry started at a young age, at Dog n Suds Drive-In in Wood River, IL, where she grew up. In acquiring a BA Psychology from Monmouth College she worked at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, IL along with Monmouth Country Club. From there some local restaurants gave her more exposure to the industry with particular recognition to Charlie’s Restaurant & Lounge in Granite City, IL. After a few years at Sahara Hotel & Casino and back in the area at Bojacs in Wood River, IL, Linda left the industry to start a chemical product business, Industry-Wide Supply with her late husband       which is still in existence since 1987.  During this time Linda,  along with her support group initiated, produced, and published a successful fundraising calendar,           “The Real Men of the Riverbend” for the March of Dimes.

Linda also keeps her hands wet in the beverage industry. She is currently on the Board of the Madison County Chapter of the Illinois Beverage Association (ILBA).

Recently,  Linda has decided to go back to her love and passion, the hospitality business. Thus, Safe Food Specialist was born.

I highly recommend Linda Petterson and the Safe Food Specialists class. She makes the class fun while teaching it. She is a great instructor/proctor! Thank you Linda Petterson and thank you Gianni’s for hosting the class!

Mindy Mathenia, Owner/Operator of Park-N-Eat in Hillsboro

Linda Petterson does a great job teaching the class!

Patti Glasco, Owner/Operator of Bonnie & Klides in Livingston

Linda Petterson is a great instructor; truly wants everyone to learn and pass!

Linda Heimsath, Owner/Operator of Copper Dock in Pocahontas

A very good instructor – would take many more courses with her. Her energy and passion are amazing and off the charts. The presentation is amazing and she’s very helpful with the exam.

Sheila Ottwell, Toddle Towne Day Care in Alton, IL

Linda’s energy is off the charts! Her presentation is amazing and I would be glad to take the class again.

Melosa Mojeda, Subway in Alton, IL

Great course and Wonderful teacher.

Jennifer Pratte, Owner/Operator Dawg House Creamery in Stauton, IL

Very well thought thru class. Very informative and Linda made it fun!

Marc Hickman, Owner/Operator Porky Pits

Linda was helpful, friendly, and made a boring class, fun. If you need certification, Linda is your gal!

Liz Householder, Hawg Pit in Grafton, IL

Linda was an amazing instructor. I would recommend her.

Drew Stendeback, Danny’s Lounge in Alton, IL

Loved the class. Easy to pay attention to and very informative.

Marissa Peppers, General Manager at Chick N Pig in Alton, IL

I’ve done this test three times and this was my best experience. Linda is the best I’ve had.

Cletus Khlantzos, Chubby’s in Alton, IL

Never did the course before. When Linda finished instructing I felt I was more capable to complete the required test. I felt very confident in the information obtained to improve our kitchen and know we will protect our members and volunteer staff.

Pastor Sonny Renken, North Alton Baptist Church in Alton, IL