By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Since it’s Dining Month on and my friend, Renee Bebeau, has created an abundance of food paintings that range from adorable to stunning, it seems like the perfect time to blog about her yummy art.

You can see it for yourself at Yo Factory, 2203 N. Farwell Ave., where she has a collection of paintings of packages. The show runs through October.

My favorite aspect of her collection is that the whimsical-yet-realistic nature of the paintings are super eye catching, but what makes viewers pause is the way the pieces evoke a memory or a curiosity of what’s inside.

The Good & Plenty painting, my personal favorite of the lot, literally had me salivating for that one-of-a-kind flavor and texture of black licorice dipped in a crunchy candy coating. I even had to buy a box the next day.

The retro Doritos bag is another fave – especially once knowing the story behind it.

"I bought a Doritos taco-flavored retro bag at Target that sat in my old studio for about four years waiting to be painted. I was so inspired when I saw that old-looking bag, but alas, I tossed it when I moved," says Bebeau. "Then, the urge was so strong to paint it, that I had to go in search of this retro bag again. I again found it at Target and painted it finally last year – that was as satisfying to finish as it was to open the bag and taste them afterwards."

The story behind the Zagnut bar painting is good, too.

"The Zagnut bar is a reference to the movie ‘Beetlejuice’ – when he tries to lure a fly to him with a Zagnut bar and then tosses the candy bar and eats the fly instead," Bebeau says.

Bebeau also likes to paint bottles – the glass 7-UP bottle at Yo Factory is really fun to look at – and she sometimes paints cans, too.

"Cans inspire me because of the simplicity of the labels, the font style and colors, the way the colors work with each other," she says. "In high school, I was inspired by Andy Warhol, of course, and I just learned that the reason Andy painted the tomato soup was because his mother served it to him every day for lunch. No sh-t – he lived with his mom the whole time and she fed him that soup. Whoa. Freaky."

Bebeau describes herself as "a life-taught multi-media artist, schooled by my man, Toddo." (Her husband is artist Todd Mrozinski.) The two share a studio in the Nut Factory.

Bebeau works on many different series simultaneously and the food series is not over, either. She also paints very realistic fruits and vegetables.

"I have many on deck: candy raisins, Gold Rush chicken, Cafe Bustelo coffee and – ha ha – cock flavored soup mix," she says.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.