Category Archives: Events

It’s here! The first of our new line of unbelievably tasty artisan sandwiches.

We challenged our chefs to create the ultimate sandwich to complement our current selections. What we got in return were five of the most incredible sandwiches we had ever tasted. Unwilling to part with any of the newly introduced creations, we decided to add them to our menu alongside our most popular deli sandwiches. With seared ahi tuna, marinated portobellos, grassfed beef, and plenty of organic veggies among the gourmet flavor pairings, we’re positive that whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just plain hungry, our artisan sandwich menu delivers!

This week (January 30th – February 3rd) will begin the preview of our new sandwich menu, with one artisan sandwich released each day of the week. During our preview week, each sandwich will only be available for purchase on its designated day. All of our artisan sandwiches will return with the launch of the full menu the week of February 6th.

On Monday (January 30th), we’ll be introducing the Vegetarian Banh Mi:

Vegan Goodness from the Grill

A Vietnamese-style sandwich, the Vegetarian Banh Mi starts with a marinade and ends with a touch of heat and a ton of flavor. Marinated grilled tofu, garlic aioli, cilantro, jalapeno, cucumber, carrots, and daikon slaw combine to change the minds of tofu haters and meat lovers everywhere.

Try the Banh Mi for $5.99*

*Price includes side of Native Sun Macaroni Salad


2011 Holiday Fare

Join us at either Native Sun location from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, December 7th as we celebrate the season with an evening of holiday inspired sampling, live recipe demonstrations, and homemade gift ideas!

Sip Mock-Cocktails, Seasonal Smoothies, and Apple Cider while you enjoy Pumpkin Dip with Granny Smith Apples, Wild Rice Salad, Roasted Lemon Dip with Spiced Veggie Chips, Smoked Salmon Pinwheels, Dessert from our Gluten-free bakery, and other samples throughout the stores. We hope you’ll take your favorite recipes home along with ingredients for Brownie, Soup, and Sugar Scrub mixes that make great gifts with a personalized, hand-made feel.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to call customer service at either store location:

Native Sun Mandarin

10000 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, Florida 32257



Native Sun Baymeadows

11030 Baymeadows Road

Jacksonville, Florida 32256



32nd Annual Native Sun Mandarin Run

We are proud to sponsor the 32nd Annual Native Sun Mandarin Run (for the ninth year in a row!) on Saturday, November 12. The day’s races will start at Mandarin Presbyterian Church (12001 Mandarin Road) and will include a 5K at 7:50am and a 10K at 8:00am

Registration: (Through November 11)
5K – $25
10K – $30

Registration: (Day of the race)
5K – $30
10K – $35

Runners can enjoy a post-race awards ceremony, live music and healthy brunch provided by Native Sun.

Visit for more details on the racecourses, registration, packet pickup and other race day information.

Keep up with the latest on the race by visiting our Facebook event page.

FREE LECTURE “Turmeric: The Miracle Cure?” with Leslie Patterson! (Tuesday, November 8th @ 8pm at the Mandarin Store)

The Native Sun Education Series continues November 8th at 8pm as Leslie Patterson visits  our Mandarin store for a free lecture on fighting inflammation within the body. Leslie will focus on the healing power of turmeric, a popular supplement recognized for its potential to reduce inflammation associated with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, alzheimers, dementia, and other debilitating diseases.

With 5 years experience in the natural health industry as a representative and educator for eight different manufacturers and over a hundred different products, Leslie Patterson brings with her a wealth of product information and knowledge along with a healthy dose of practicality.

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat today!

Visit the Nutrition Department of either Native Sun store to sign up! You may also reserve your seat by calling either store location.

Upcoming Lecture with David Gerhardt of King Bio: 8pm October 4, 2011 @ Baymeadows Store

For those customers and staff who attended David Gerhardt’s lecture on Homeopathy at our Mandarin store in June, the evening provided insight into the potential healing power of homeopathy. Gerhardt explained the importance of homeopathic remedies formulated with multiple potencies that allow the chosen remedy to work effectively in the treatment of acute, chronic, and deep health conditions. According to Gerhardt, when multiple potencies are included in the same remedy, the body selects the appropriate dosage and dilution needed to create change and speed the healing process.

As the evening and lecture progressed, Gerhardt invited those in attendance to walk with him to the King Bio section of our Nutrition Department, where he further discussed the products in relation to individual health needs. Overall, customer participation and response was enthusiastic! It was great to see people genuinely excited about the healing potential of King Bio products and we couldn’t be more excited for David Gerhardt to visit Native Sun Baymeadows on October 4, 2011 at 8pm for another lecture!

We hope that you will join us for a great evening of learning and discussion. Sign up sheets are available in the nutrition department of either store.

Note: King Bio products are available in the Nutrition Departments at both of our stores. Stop in with any questions, concerns or comments and be sure to check our sales flyer and blog for updates on King Bio products!

No Gluten Added Wine Dinner at Bistro AIX, August 31

With a mouthwatering menu and perfectly paired wines, local restaurant Bistro Aix prepares to host their 1st ever “No Gluten Added” Wine Dinner in conjunction with Gluten-Free Jacksonville on August 31st at 6pm. As a local Natural Foods store, it’s wonderful to see such enthusiastic support and awareness for gluten-free foods! We look forward to the continued growth of the gluten-free diet within the Jacksonville community.

See below for more information on the event:

Join us On Wednesday, August 31st for the first ever “No Gluten Added” (NGA) Wine Dinner at Bistro AIX!

As the interest and demand for NGA menu items continue to grow among our Bistro AIX guests, we are very pleased to announce this special dinner, hosted in conjunction with Gluten-Free Jacksonville.

The dinner, held in our beautiful private dining rooms, will include:

Local Grape Tomato & Watermelon Salad, Micro Basil & Parmesan Crisp with Solo Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Local Grilled Fish (to be determined based on the day’s catch) with Chanterelles, Local Sweet Corn, Pole Beans & Paprika Butter with CHUCKER (Red Blend), Happy Canyon appellation, California.

Dessert will be a beautiful Banana Pineapple Cake with Vanilla Cream.

Tickets are just $45 (plus tax and gratuity).  Dinner begins at 6pm, Wednesday, August 31.  Please contact Natalia Lupas, Catering Coordinator at 904-398-1949 or for reservations and details.


As a reader of our e-newsletters, you know Bistro AIX has been “Locally-Owned, Sustainably-Sourced & Seasonally-Inspired Since 1999”. 

Now there’s a new, interactive way to see our menu on-line and learn about the sources for our menus.

Via the website, our menu is linked to our local sources with photos and web links to our specialty artisan purveyors, our local farm growers, and even photos from the Bistro AIX kitchen!

It’s important to know the meals you enjoy at Bistro AIX are made with the absolute best ingredients, handled carefully every step of the way.  Check out our page and have fun learning about the origin of your favorite dishes!

1440 San Marco Boulevard • Jacksonville, Florida 32207
904.398.1949 •

Note: At Native Sun, we rely on the strength of our food research to provide our gluten-free customers with free educational tours, a streamlined product tagging system, gluten-free baked goods, and a tremendous selection of the best gluten-free products on the market. 

Tomorrow @ Native Sun Mandarin: Third Annual Charity Dog Wash to Benefit Local Homeless Pets!

To benefit our charity of the month, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, we will host our third annual Charity Dog Wash, Tomorrow, May 21st from 10AM to 2PM in the “barking lot” of our Mandarin store. As noted by Native Sun Owner, Aaron Gottlieb, “This is our third year working with FCNMHP as Native Sun GreenApples Charity of Month. It is a cause our customers feel very passionate about and we’re happy to help. Over the past two years we’ve collected over $2000 in donations for FCNMHP and we hope this year’s event can be just as successful!”

FCNMHP is a local, non-profit dedicated to eliminating the killing of dogs and cats in the Jacksonville community through low-cost spay and neuter programs, vaccinations, micro-chipping, flea and heart worm preventatives and a variety of tests.

All dogs are welcome. Donations can be made in cash or check. Native Sun asks that owners please stay with their pets while they are being groomed.