Dandelion restaurant in Ballard had an impact far beyond its short life.
Both diners and former employees remember the tiny bistro that Carol Nockold opened with partner Connie Palmore in 2004, telling Nancy Leson that they did it “with a lot of love along the way.”
Nockold died in 2006 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. No surprise, then, that she’s been remembered in the ice-bucket challenge roaring through social media circles to raise money to fight the disease. Nockold friend Holly Arsenault dumped the freezing water on her head in Nockold’s name, challenging all other Dandelion fans to do the same — or at least to donate here to the local Evergreen chapter of the ALS Foundation. Leson also took it on to honor Nockold, saying that Dandelion “brought joy to everyone who knew it.”
In other Northwest challengers, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz nominated Tom Douglas, who dumped a cooler of water on his own head with gusto. I remember Douglas telling me years ago he was considering a Ballard restaurant because he and his staff “all miss the Dandelion.”
Friday, Aug. 22, would have been Nockold’s 59th birthday.