In order to maintain safe and healthy food serving standards, all workers handling food must hold a food handler card which is issued by the County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health (DOEH). In addition, the DOEH requires that at least one employee (preferably more) in all food businesses must have a ServSafe® Manager’s Certification. ServSafe® Programs keep food safety as an essential ingredient in every meal by providing basic food safety information needed prevent food borne illness.

The ServSafe® training and certificate program is administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection. The course consists of five sections on Basic Food Safety; Personal Hygiene; Cross-contamination and Food borne Allergens; Time and Temperature; and Cleaning and Sanitation. In California this certification must be renewed every three years.

For those needing to renew their certification or those new to the food serving industry, ShareKitchen is holding a ServSafe® Manager Certification Class and Testing on Wednesday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Training and certification begins at 10 a.m. with the exam at 2 p.m. The cost starts at $149 per person.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion after successfully passing certification. Continuing education credit is available for dietitians, diet technicians, and dietary managers as well. Interested foodies and those contemplating starting a food business are encouraged to attend as well.

ShareKitchen is a non-profit organization located at 68805 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City. For more information, additional dates, or to register online, visit or call 760-459-4259.