Eric Nenneman is a painter who works in oils. And vinegar. He’s the executive chef at Mood in the Artisan, 1501 W. Sahara Ave., the restaurant where fake Warhols, Cezannes and Chagalls watch you eat.

Art has themed the Artisan since it was converted from a Travelodge in 2001. The Siegel Group (as in Suites) took over in January and provided much-needed renovations. It kept the novel theme, though, which Nenneman complements. The former executive chef at Bear’s Best Country Club and Red Rock Country Club (and instructor at the Culinary Training Academy) considers aesthetics as important as taste in what he refers to as his “modern twist on American cuisine.”

“The plate’s like the frame and the food is like my canvas,” he says.

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