Category Archives: Gluten-Free Living

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. 


Feeling overwhelmed by food allergies or a special diet?

Adopting a new diet often coincides with feelings of uncertainty, confusion, and frustration. The previously inviting aisles of the grocery store suddenly seem menacing, turning once hassle free shopping trips into label reading, ingredient-dissecting lessons in food chemistry. Typically, it feels as though every product contains the exact ingredients that must be avoided or eliminated from the diet. Worse, even when a product appears to meet dietary restrictions, a call to the company to confirm allergen statements often reveals the possibility of cross-contamination or a general lack of product knowledge on behalf of the manufacturer.

Despite the potential labeling pitfalls and communication mishaps, shopping for allergen friendly products doesn’t have to be an appetite sapping annoyance. At Native Sun, we take the inconvenience and frustration out of shopping for allergen friendly foods with FREE customer walkthroughs!

Store Walkthrough Service:

For those recently diagnosed with conditions that require special diets, we have always offered free educational walkthroughs to familiarize you with the dietary options available to you.

No matter how restricting a particular diet, we strive to find you suitable alternatives to the foods you enjoy. On average, walkthroughs typically last for an hour and thirty minutes as dictated by customer need. You can expect to leave a walkthrough armed with a newfound confidence in your diet and a better understanding of how to read and interpret labels. We also provide personal product recommendations and introduce our allergen tagging system.

Sign up for a Free Walkthrough today at customer service in either Native Sun Store!

Got the Post-Earth Day Blues?

Before we know it, Earth Day will have come and gone. Avoid the post-Earth Day blues and take comfort in remembering that at Native Sun, everyday is Earth Day. We expect our customers to demand the highest quality organic foods at the best possible prices, which is why this month GMO stands for “Give Me Organic!” That being said, we invite you to join us this Saturday (The day after Earth Day), April 23rd 2011 for 10% Off Day! Stop by either location to enjoy 10% OFF all regular priced items*!

Please Note: In order to participate in 10% Off Day, you must be a registered My Card user.

No My Card?

No problem! Just hurry over to customer service; registration is fast, free, and easy, plus, your new My Card can be used the same day as the event!

*Some Restrictions Do Apply: Additional 10% will not be applied to items already discounted on “My Card” and Monthly Sale. As a result of Native Sun’s Everyday Low Pricing, the following items will be excluded from any additional discounts:

All Beer and Wine

Eden Organics: All Canned Bean Products

Food For Life: Ezekiel Bread: Sesame and Plain

Organic Valley: Milk, Eggs, & Orange Juice

Penta: Water 16.9oz

Rudi’s Bread: Country White, Honey Wheat, 100% Whole Wheat, Cracked Wheat, & MultiGrain Oat

Silk: Soy Milk: Plain & Vanilla (32 & 64 oz sizes)

Zephyrhills: Water (Gallon size)


Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies (NGA)

Our delicious GF Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies from the Native Sun Bakery are featured in this month’s issue of Jacksonville Magazine just in time for the holidays! Pick up a copy in-store* or use the recipe below. Enjoy!

3 c. Any Gluten-Free Flour Blend
1 t. Baking Powder
1 t. Baking Soda
2 T. Organic Cinnamon
1 T. Organic Ginger
1 T. Organic Cloves
½ t. Organic Nutmeg
2-1/4 t. Xanthan gum
2 c. Organic Dark Brown Sugar
1 c. Organic Canola Oil
3 c. Chilled Pumpkin Puree
1 t. Gluten-Free Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
1 t. Sea Salt

4 oz. Organic Unsalted Butter
8 oz. Organic Cream Cheese
1 tsp. Gluten-Free Vanilla Extract
16 oz. Organic Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice
Dash Sea Salt

For the Whoopie Pies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and xanthan gum in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, use a whisk to stir brown sugar and oil until there are no visible lumps. Add pumpkin puree and blend well, then stir in eggs and vanilla. Now, gradually add flour mixture to puree mixture and blend well. Using a heaping tablespoon, drop pie batter onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.

For the Cream Cheese Filling: Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, dash of salt, pumpkin pie spice and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Use a tablespoon to place the Spiced Cream Cheese Filling on the flat side of one Pumpkin Whoopie Pie and press second Whoopie Pie on top forming a sandwich.

If you are baking these for someone on a gluten-free diet, please read ingredient labels to ensure your ingredients are 100% gluten-free before consumption!

*Please Note: Jacksonville Magazine’s printed version of this recipe calls for 13 cups of flour vs. the correct amount of 3 cups.

NEW! Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread + BOGO Offer!

We know that a good sandwich bread is something our customers with gluten-intolerance are always on the hunt for. That is why we are soooo excited to offer Rudi’s NEW! Gluten-Free Bread – our staff says its one of the best tasting gluten-free breads on the market!

To help spread the word, we’re offering a special BOGO (buy one, get one free!) promotion from October 9 – October 16 at both Native Sun locations. Feel free to mix and match Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original, Multigrain & Cinnamon Raisin flavors! *TIP: There’s also a coupon for $1.50 OFF any one Rudi’s  GF Bakery Product in the new Fall Mambo Sprouts Coupon Book! See Customer Service for details.*

From Rudi’s Website:

“We use only the highest quality, wholesome, all-natural and organic ingredients; you won’t find any modified starches, gums or preservatives in our gluten-free breads.  Our all-natural gluten-free products feature a variety of healthy ingredients, like sunflower seeds, millet, fiber and flax.  And, since our products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization, you know they are safe.

Our master bakers worked with gluten free experts and consumers for more than 15 months to get our formulas to taste like real bread. Our passion is baking better bread and we’ve been doing it since 1976. We used our extensive baking experience to create gluten-free bread that tastes and feels like the real thing.

Although we do not have a dedicated gluten-free facility, we do have a segregated, separate manufacturing approach. We bake our gluten free breads on separate, dedicated equipment and on separate production days. You can feel assured our gluten free products never come into contact with something used to make a product containing gluten. As part of our manufacturing process, we also do the following:

  • Our organic and gluten free equipment is color-coded for easy segregation
  • Our gluten free breads are baked only after our facility has gone through an extensive, full day clean-up process
  • All incoming ingredients are also tested and certified to be gluten free
  • As part of our gluten free certification, every batch of our gluten free bread is tested and must test below <10 ppm of gluten for distribution
  • We also send product to an outside lab to validate our test results and ensure we have less than 10 ppm of gluten

New from the NS Bakery: Gluten-Free Cupcakes!

Please help me welcome our Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcake (new recipe!) with Cream Cheese Frosting and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting to the Native Sun menu! Cupcakes are $3.59 each and can be found in the grab & go cooler by the Deli. Selections may vary between stores.

In addition to new items, we also have a new baker!

Marisa Carta has been with Native Sun Natural Foods Market since 2008 as an Art Director in our Design Department. During that time she was also the office baker bringing in goodies for our monthly birthday parties and special events – including wedding cakes for two Native Sun employees! Her personal passion for baking made her an ideal candidate to take our Gluten-Free Bakery to the next level.

Marisa has been working with our resident “Gluten-Free Guru” Ginny Nehring, Native Sun’s Food Education Coordinator, to learn all of our classic recipes and develop new and exciting ones that will be coming out soon.

If you see Marisa passing out samples of fresh baked goodies in the Baymeadows store, please be sure to say hello!

All-Natural Delicatessen at Baymeadows Store

We now offers fresh, all-natural sliced meat and cheese in a new Delicatessen section of the Baymeadows Store Deli. You can choose from Thumann’s all-natural meats and Andrew & Everett premium natural cheeses available by the pound or sliced for deli fresh sandwiches.

Thumann’s meats contain NO antibiotics, growth hormones, nitrates, nitrites, fillers, MSG or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Their products come from livestock that are raised in stress free conditions and their meats are low in salt, trans-fat free and safe for individuals with dairy and gluten allergies. In fact, Thumann’s is the first deli company to be certified gluten free!

In addition, Native Sun owner Aaron Gottlieb requested Thumann’s prepare their roast turkey without cottonseed oil. This is done only for Native Sun and cannot be found at any other store. According to Gottlieb, cottonseed oil is one of the most genetically-modified oils around and therefore does not meet Native Sun’s standards.

Andrew & Everett cheeses are source verified from farm to table using natural ingredients and processing including rBGH-BST Hormone Free Pasteurized Milk. [rBGH is a harmful, synthetic, genetically-engineered version of a cow’s natural growth hormone that is injected into some cows to increase milk production beyond normal standards.]

All Natural Pepper Jack
All Natural American
All Natural Baby Swiss
All Natural Muenster
All Natural Provolone
All Natural Mild Cheddar
All Natural Mozzarella Cheese

We also now have three local cheeses from Wainwright Dairy in Live Oak, Florida available in the Delicatessen! Pepper Jack, Colby Jack & White Cheddar.

 All Natural Black Forest Brand Ham – Certified by AHA
All Natural Oven Roasted Gourmet Turkey Breast – Certified by AHA
All Natural Black Angus Top Round Roast Beef
All Natural Black Angus Cooked Corned Beef
All Natural Black Angus Pastrami Round
All Natural Oven Roasted and Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast

Stop by for a sample or sandwich today!