Though not formally incorporated until 1991, Calabasas has a history that dates back much further.
It’s All In A Name
The story of how Calabasas got its name goes back to one of the first settlers in the late 1700s. According to town legend, Juan Bautista de Anza was traveling from Arizona to San Francisco. On his journey, he passed through what is now known as Calabasas. One of the wagons he was traveling with was carrying pumpkins, and when the wagon overturned, the spill of pumpkins resulted in the area’s first pumpkin patch the following spring. The name of the town was taken from the Spanish word for pumpkin – Calabaza. The city of Calabasas continues to hold a Pumpkin Festival each year in Juan Bautista de Anza Park.
Calabasas became one of the rowdiest and lawless frontier towns of the Wild West. With a stagecoach route that ran right through town, many drivers were terrified to stop due to the many gunfights that erupted on a regular basis.
Basque immigrant Don Miguel Leonis, known as King of Calabasas, reigned supreme from his ranch. Having taken an Indian bride, he acquired the vast land of her family, and added to his territory by forcefully driving off neighbors and squatters. He died in 1889, but his ranch was saved from demolition in the 1960s. It became a historical landmark that can still be seen today in Old Town Calabasas.
The remote setting and beautiful wooded area of Calabasas brought filmmakers to the area in droves. The town was the backdrop for several Tarzan movies, as well as various westerns. Warner Brothers Ranch, located here until 1961, was one of the biggest movie lots at the time, with 2,800 acres. The television show M*A*S*H* was filmed here, and remnants of the original set can still be seen today. Other famous movies filmed in this area include:
• “The Santa Fe Trail”
• “Sargent York”
• “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse”
Sadly, the ranch and what remained of many of the sets burned down in the Woolsey fire of 2018.
Rich And Satisfying Soups
Just like the history of Calabasas itself, our soups are rich and satisfying. You can still find us at the Calabasas Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9AM-1PM. We make handcrafted soups that will meet your cravings head-on. Our clean, organic, and purely fresh homemade soups and salads will fill you up in body and soul. This is a soup that can make you dream happy dreams. Trust us.